Kanazawa University (KU)


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research and Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI)

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supramolecules. As one of the outcomes, Kanazawa University established Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) which was selected as a World Premier International (WPI) research center by the Japanese government in 2017. NanoLSI challenges to understand nanoscale mechanisms of life phenomena by exploring “uncharted nano-realms.”

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021 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.

Count Share
104 34.08

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 18 4.54
Chemistry 42 20.11
Life Sciences 39 8.31
Earth & Environmental Sciences 15 2.75
1 0.11
2 0.42
2 0.19
7 0.78
Global Maps of Solar Wind Electron Modification by Electrostatic Waves Above the Lunar Day Side: Kaguya Observations
Arase Observation of Simultaneous Electron Scatterings by Upper‐Band and Lower‐Band Chorus Emissions
A Concise Empirical Formula for the Field‐aligned Distribution of Auroral Kilometeric Radiation based on Arase satellite and Van Allen Probes
Meteorological Aspects of Gamma‐ray Glows in Winter Thunderstorms
Extremely Collimated Electron Beams in the High Latitude Magnetosphere Observed by Arase
Magnetic conjugacy of Pc1 waves and isolated proton precipitation at subauroral latitudes: Importance of ionosphere as intensity modulation region
Pitch‐angle scattering of inner magnetospheric electrons caused by ECH waves obtained with the Arase satellite
3 1.25

Highlight of the month

Chirality captured with a colourful twist

© MirageC/Moment/Getty Images

© MirageC/Moment/Getty Images

A colour-changing compound that can precisely indicate the ‘enantiomeric excess’ (ee) of chiral molecules could provide a convenient method to measure pharmaceutical purity.

Many molecular systems in nature are chiral, existing in only one of two mirror-image forms. For pharmaceuticals to interact with the body as intended, they must have the correct chirality — a mismatch would be like trying to slide a right hand into a left glove. Drug makers measure the ee of their products to confirm they have produced a molecule of the correct chirality.

Now, researchers at Kanazawa University in Japan have helped to develop a novel colour-changing ee indicator.

The team developed a polymer shaped like a helical spring, which changes shape — and colour — when it interacts with chiral amine drugs. Differences of less than 2% ee between samples produced colour changes discernible to the naked eye. When the colour change was analysed by digital imaging, the technique rivalled the accuracy of industry-standard, high-performance liquid chromatography for ee determination.

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  1. Science Advances 7, eabg5381 (2021). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abg5381

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 58.73% Domestic
  • 41.27% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (100 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Kyoto University, Japan (7.99)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (6.96)
  3. Nagoya University, Japan (5.68)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (4.70)
  5. University of Tsukuba, Japan (3.74)
  6. RIKEN, Japan (2.60)
  7. Hokkaido University, Japan (2.02)
  8. Osaka University, Japan (1.79)
  9. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (1.69)
  10. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (1.66)

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

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