Ohki group studies the synthesis, reactivity, and properties of molecules with multiple transition metal atoms, in order to develop new class of catalysts and uncover secrets of enzymes. We come up with some important start-off ideas from possible interfaces between related disciplines. For instance of the reduction of N2, we are aware of the industrial Haber-Bosch process and the biological process mediated by Nitrogenases. Common issues between two processes, such as multiple iron atoms and bridging hydrogen atoms, inspire us to design and synthesize new molecules.
Our synthetic coordination/organometallic chemistry aims to promote the development of science-based innovation, by expanding bio-inorganic chemistry and transition-metal cluster chemistry. With our studies, we expect probing questions on the unique functions of cluster active sites of enzymes, extracting key factors for enzymatic functions, and discovering new reaction patterns and phenomena. We also develop new class of molecular catalysts by considering possible interfaces between biological and industrial catalysts. The apparent importance of energy conversion is ever-growing, and therefore new catalytic methodologies based on new classes of compounds are needed. We seek ambitious young people to challenge this objective together!!
An entrance exam is needed. International students are asked to take the February exam in English (application deadline in December, exam in February).
The exam consists of Chemistry tests covering Org.Chem. Inorg.Chem. Anal.Chem. Phys.Chem., plus an English test and a short interview. Candidates with interest in our study are recommended to contact us a long time in advance, as preparation of the necessary documents takes time.
Typically, an international student starts staying here from October as a “Research Student” (Kenkyusei) to get ready for the exam and to be accustomed to life at Kyoto Univ and Japan. Research studies, including experiments, are allowed for a research student. The student thereby can experience the real pleasure of research works prior to entering a graduate program. After passing the February exam, the student enters the graduate program in April, when a school year begins in Japan. To become a Research Student, at least a few months are needed for various administrative processes including VISA applications. Starting the processes from June or earlier is recommended.