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

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 supermolecules.

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 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

51 23.26 23.21

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 23 7.58 7.58
Physical Sciences 9 3.69 3.64
Chemistry 21 12.57 12.57
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.55 0.55

Highlight of the month

Crystal clear imaging on the atomic scale

© Matteo Chinellato - ChinellatoPhoto / Photographer's Choice RF/Getty

© Matteo Chinellato - ChinellatoPhoto / Photographer's Choice RF/Getty

Rapid, atomic-level imaging of calcium crystals dissolving in water has revealed the nanoscale changes taking place at their edge.

Calcite (CaCO3) is an abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust, and its largest carbon reservoir, but our understanding of how calcite grows and dissolves in water, thereby absorbing or releasing carbon, is limited by the low resolution and speeds of imaging techniques.

To take a closer look, an international team including researchers from Kanazawa University developed a high-speed frequency modulation atomic force microscope (AFM). An AFM contains a tiny probe that ‘feels’ the surface of an object and generates a three-dimensional image. One frame is recorded per second — fifty times faster than conventional frequency modulation AFM.

The group used this technique to examine the molecular changes at the surface of calcite crystals in water, and observed a previously unseen phase in the form of a layer of calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2) a few nanometres thick.

Understanding how calcite dissolves in water could improve models of the global carbon cycle, and clarify the potential for this mineral to absorb atmospheric carbon.

Supported content

  1. Nano Letters 17, 4083−4089 (2017). doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b00757

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 66.98% Domestic
  • 33.02% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (68 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (2.97)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (2.85)
  3. University of Tsukuba, Japan (2.70)
  4. Kyushu University, Japan (2.10)
  5. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (1.86)
  6. Tohoku University, Japan (1.78)
  7. Doshisha University, Japan (1.48)
  8. Nagoya University, Japan (1.40)
  9. University of Fukui, Japan (1.05)
  10. Hiroshima University (HU), Japan (1.01)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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