Message from the Director
The Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) was founded in 1926 as the first research institute of Kyoto University. It’s founding vision was to “excel in the investigation of the basic principles of chemistry and their applications.” Based on this vision, our institute has encompassed a wide range of scientific disciplines, including physics, biology, and informatics, as well as chemistry, and flourished as a large-scale organization. We have five research divisions (Synthetic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Multidisciplinary Chemistry) and three research centers (Advanced Research Center for Beam Science, International Research Center for Elements Science, and Bioinformatics Center). Currently, almost 120 faculty members, 210 graduate students, and 60 researchers are engaged in 30 laboratories directed by fulltime professors and 5 laboratories supervised by visiting professors. These laboratories are affiliated with graduate schools covering a broad range of fields such as science, engineering, agriculture, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, and informatics. ICR members are spearheading cutting-edge research in their special fields and are actively involved in interdisciplinary research projects, creating new knowledge and contributing to the future of materials-related fields. One of our major new challenges is the design of ecologically sustainable smart materials.
Our institute is collaborating with other research institutions inside and outside Kyoto University as a key member of the following projects/organizations: MEXT Inter-University Collaborative Project “Integrated Consortium on Chemical Synthesis” including four core research institutions, Kyoto University Research Coordination Alliance including 19 research institutes/centers of Kyoto University, and Uji-Campus Base of Equipment Support for reinforcing research infrastructure. We also promote international collaboration with overseas universities/institutions (with 68 official international collaboration agreements). On the basis of our strong global activity in chemistry-oriented fields, ICR was newly certified as an International Joint Usage/Research Center by MEXT in 2018 and approved by Kyoto University in 2019 to establish an On-site Laboratory, the “Kyoto University Shanghai Lab” in Shanghai, China under the Designated National University program (MEXT). To foster and secure young researchers through these activities, we have initiated diverse research and graduate education programs, including an in-house annual grant system, “ICR Grant for Promoting Integrated Research.” These collaborative achievements ensure that our institute serves as a global research core in chemistry-oriented fields.
In recent years, many global-scale problems have become apparent. Science and technology must play a large role to help society mitigate and overcome disasters such as the new coronavirus as well as longer term issues such as climate change and environmental pollution. With keywords of “Diversity” and “One Team” together with the founding vision, the Institute for Chemical Research continues to strive to answer those challenges, promoting a multidisciplinary, chemistry-related community, and deepening science and technology for a sustainable society. We appreciate your continued encouragement and support.
The founding philosophy of the ICR is to “excel in the investigation of the basic principles of chemistry and their applications,” and the core values of its research lie both in independence and integration. Following this philosophy and core values, the ICR is dedicated to solving global chemical challenges to benefit society.
Our research is based on examining fundamental questions about the wide field of chemistry with a viewpoint that considers how answering these questions will contribute to solving ever-changing global challenges.
Providing excellent research opportunities in a world-class enviroment, we train our people to have high-level problem solving skills and leadership skills to globally push forward the field of chemistry. Our success comes from the success of our students becoming top scientists in chemistry.
As researchers and educators of chemistry, we endeavor to deepen our exchanges with local communities and Japan as a whole. At the same time, we actively work with international researchers and institutions to solve global problems. By joining the ICR, researchers have the accountability to the public and the opportunity to work closely with leading scientists around the world.