Hokkaido University


Hokkaido University originates from Sapporo Agricultural College which was established in 1876 as Japan’s first modern institution of higher education to grant bachelor’s degrees. It is one of Japan’s top national universities and has 12 undergraduate and 21 graduate schools covering a wide range of disciplines. Boasting one of the biggest campuses in Japan, the university houses cutting-edge research facilities, a university hospital, and one of the world’s largest research forests.

In 2014, the university adopted the “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative (HUCI)” — a reform program which aims to further internationalize the university as a whole to foster more world leaders who can contribute to the resolution of global issues. These leaders will be able to address contemporary issues, represent the frontier spirit as they forge new ways ahead, and contribute to the development of human welfare and society. The initiative will be in effect until 2024, approaching the university’s 150th anniversary in 2016.

As part of the efforts, the university has established the “Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE)” which brings together world-class researchers from around the world and within the University to promote international collaborative research and education. It consists of six Global Stations covering Soft Matter (GSS), Quantum Medical Science and Engineering (GSQ), Zoonosis Control (GSZ), Food, Land and Water Resources (GSF), Big Data and Cybersecurity (GSB) and Arctic Research (GSA). The university also offers a number of degree programs in English for international students.

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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Hokkaido University published between 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

277 112.30

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 71 29.10
Earth & Environmental Sciences 53 20.31
Chemistry 113 52.25
Life Sciences 76 21.55

Highlight of the month

A golden touch for solar panels

© Jennifer A Smith/Getty

© Jennifer A Smith/Getty

By sandwiching a semiconductor between two gold layers so that light bounces between them, researchers have boosted the light conversion efficiency of a photodiode by more than 10 fold, which could improve the performance of solar panels.

The use of photovoltaic cells is increasing, but the current best technologies are only 15–20% efficient in converting light to electricity.

Scientists from Hokkaido University have discovered that a photoelectrode in which a thin layer of semiconducting titanium dioxide is sandwiched between a gold film and a layer of gold nanoparticles is 11 times more efficient in converting light into an electric current than the same structure without the gold film. They found that when the gold nanoparticles were irradiated with light, the gold film below it acted as a mirror, trapping the light between the two layers and allowing the nanoparticles to absorb up to 85% of the visible light incident on them.

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  1. Nature Nanotechnology 13, 953–958 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41565-018-0208-x

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1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 50.41% Domestic
  • 49.59% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (143 total)

  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (20.60)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (13.16)
  3. Nagoya University, Japan (12.59)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (7.38)
  5. Tohoku University, Japan (7.06)
  6. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (6.58)
  7. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (5.15)
  8. RIKEN, Japan (4.33)
  9. Osaka University, Japan (4.27)
  10. Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan (4.13)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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