Kanazawa University (KU) Japan


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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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 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 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share 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.

Article Count and Share for Kanazawa University (KU)
Count Share
100 33.44

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
38 7.69
42 20.37
15 2.75
17 4.29

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
28.96 27.42 33.55 32.75 35.63

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Highlight of the month

Transition-metal-free transformations

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A radical organocatalytic approach to assembling complex organic molecules that contain an aromatic ring has been developed.

High-value organic molecules — from pharmaceuticals to flavour and fragrance compounds —commonly have an aromatic ‘aryl’ ring in their structure. Aryl groups have typically been incorporated into complex organic structures via a transition-metal-catalysed reaction of aryl halides. However, more-sustainable metal-free reaction conditions are being sought.

Reactions based on free radicals are sparking growing interest as a potentially clean and efficient way to assemble organic molecules.

Now, seven researchers, all at Kanazawa University in Japan, have shown that organocatalysts such as N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) offer a transition-metal-free method to drive radical-based synthesis.

The team developed an NHC-catalysed, radical-based method for aryl halides to produce aryl-containing structures. Their discovery expands the scope of radical-based NHC organocatalysis.

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  1. Nature Communications 12, 3848 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24144-2

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Date range: 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 58.98% Domestic
  • 41.02% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators with Kanazawa University (KU) by Share (106 total)

  1. Kanazawa University (KU) and Kyoto University (7.15)
    Kanazawa University (KU)2.34
    Kyoto University4.81
  2. Kanazawa University (KU) and Nagoya University (6.44)
    Kanazawa University (KU)2.74
    Nagoya University3.70
  3. Kanazawa University (KU) and The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) (5.41)
    Kanazawa University (KU)2.36
    The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)3.05
  4. Kanazawa University (KU) and Tohoku University (4.45)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.43
    Tohoku University3.02
  5. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Tsukuba (3.60)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.13
    University of Tsukuba2.47
  6. Kanazawa University (KU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) (3.35)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.82
    Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)2.53
  7. Kanazawa University (KU) and Hokkaido University (2.09)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.11
    Hokkaido University0.98
  8. Kanazawa University (KU) and RIKEN (1.95)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.99
  9. Kanazawa University (KU) and Osaka University (1.80)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.66
    Osaka University1.14
  10. Kanazawa University (KU) and Keio University (1.58)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.87
    Keio University0.71

Top 10 international collaborators with Kanazawa University (KU) by Share (132 total)

  1. Kanazawa University (KU) and Aalto University (4.54)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.00
    Aalto University3.54
  2. Kanazawa University (KU) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (1.93)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.96
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)0.97
  3. Kanazawa University (KU) and Max Planck Society (1.51)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.58
    Max Planck Society0.92
  4. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) (1.25)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.73
    University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)0.53
  5. Kanazawa University (KU) and Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences (LOB) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.25
    Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences (LOB)0.75
  6. Kanazawa University (KU) and McGill University (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.33
    McGill University0.67
  7. Kanazawa University (KU) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.10
    Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)0.90
  8. Kanazawa University (KU) and Northwestern University (NU) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.02
    Northwestern University (NU)0.98
  9. Kanazawa University (KU) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) (0.92)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.19
    Johns Hopkins University (JHU)0.74
  10. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Limerick (UL) (0.92)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.33
    University of Limerick (UL)0.58


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