Advanced Solid State Chemistry for Energy and Environment Issues

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Wada Yuji  Ohtomo Akira  Suzuki Eiichi 
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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture

Three lecturers will cover the following topics.
Part I Nano Chemistry
Part II Surface Chemistry
Part III Solid State Chemistry

Purpose of lecture

This class will cover materials chemistry for energy and environment issues, including nano chemistry, surface chemistry, and solid state chemistry with emphasis on aspects of condensed matter physics. The lecture will be also extended to the application aspects including photocatalysis, photovoltaics, catalysis, and opto-electronic devices.

Plan of lecture

Part I Nano Chemistry
Prof. Yuji Wada
1. Introduction to nano chemistry
2. New physical and chemical properties observed by nano-sizing of substances
3. Inorganic nanoparticles of metals, metal oxides, and metal calcogenides
4. Hybrid substances of inorganic nanoparticles with organic moieties
5. Applications of nano substances for the photoenergy conversion
Part II Surface Chemistry
Assoc.Prof. Eiichi Suzuki
6. Surface Structure
7. Interaction of molecules with surface
8. Chemical reactions on surface
9. Catalysis
10. Applications
Part III Solid State Chemistry
Prof. Akira Ohtomo
11. Chemical bond and electronic band
12. Phase equilibrium
13. Crystal growth
14. Physical properties
15. Electronic and photonic devices

Textbook and reference

Part I Nano Chemistry by Prof. Yuji Wada: G. A. Ozin, A. C. Arsenault, and L. Cademartiri: "Nanochemistry A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials", RSC Publishing (2009)

Part III Solid State Chemistry by Prof. Akira Ohtomo: R. J. D. Tilley: 窶弑nderstanding Solids: The Science of Materials, 2nd Edition窶, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2013)

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Students attending this class are required to have completed the classes in general chemistry including physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry.


Total score of separate examinations on each part of topics

Comments from lecturer

Prof. Akira Ohtomo: My part will mainly follow the topics described in the textbook, some of which have been dealt in a related Japanese class (Advanced Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry at the spring semester). For those who have already completed the former Japanese class, therefore, this class will be helpful for reviewing the contents as well as for leaning technical terms in English. Those who will first study inorganic solid-state chemistry are encouraged to read the chapters of relevant topics prior to the classes (ask me which chapters you should read). The lecture notes will be provided.
Prof. Yuji Wada: Students who want to carry on the researches on energy and environment issues need to understand not only molecular science but also chemistry of nano-sized substances. You are welcome.

Contact Information

Prof. Yuji Wada office: Bidg.E2, Rm.403, ext: 2879
Prof. Akira Ohtomo office: Bidg.S1, Rm.605, ext: 2145
Assoc.Prof. Eiichi Suzuki office: Bidg.E2, Rm.508, ext: 2118

Office Hours

Prof. Akira Ohtomo: from 10am to 5pm; email me at for making an appointment.
Prof. Yuji Wada: Every Friday, 10:30am-13:00; email me at for contacting me.

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