Chemistry is a science that seeks to explain, at a molecular level, the properties of substances and the changes they undergo. At the same time, it is also the technical art of manipulating substances at a molecular level to endow them with particular properties.

The 21st century is shaping up to be a new age of chemistry. This is because many technical issues connected closely with the continued survival of humanity—relating to energy, information, biological phenomena, medicine, and the environment—can be understood at a molecular level, or in the language of chemistry.

Synthetic chemistry offers unlimited potential for the development of functional materials.
Biological chemistry involves not only the elucidation of biological phenomena, but also their utilization and modification.

The fundamental purpose of the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry is to push the boundaries of a new scientific domain (chemical biology) centered around the disciplines of synthetic chemistry and biological chemistry, and to reshape it as a richly creative, comprehensive precision science. It is also striving to promote sound and balanced views of nature and life, and to help establish new industrial platform technologies for the development of a sustainable society.