2016 Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 2

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Nozaki Tomohiro  Takeyama Masao  Matsumoto Hidetoshi  Ihara Manabu 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on various materials which are used in modern energy conversion devices. Students will gain the basic knowledge of the physical properties, structures, functions, processes, and the evaluation method of those functional energy materials. Specifically, fuel cell materials, solar cell materials, high temperature energy conversion materials, catalytic materials are highlighted, and the state-of-the-art energy devices and related functional materials will be explained. Energy materials are categorized into metals, ceramics, and polymers in term of heat management. A role of those functional materials in energy devices will be explained comprehensively. Moreover, students will obtain the knowledge of the relationship between operating principle and the marginal efficiency of the devices and materials functions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the basics of fuel cell materials.
2. Explain the basics of solar cell materials.
3. Explain the basics of high temperature materials.
4. Explain the basics of secondary battery materials.
5. Explain the basics of catalytic materials.
6. Explain the similarities and differences among these materials.


Fuel cells, Solar cells, Batteries, High temperature materials, Catalysts

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

After the guidance of this course, each device will be explained in one or two classes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of thermal energy and relation between energy materials. Overview of energy materials in terms of high- and low-temperature use. Explain relationship between energy materials and thermal energy (temperature).
Class 2 Basics of high temperature materials. Explain the type and characteristics of high-temperature materials.
Class 3 High temperature materials: metals and ceramics. Comparison between Low temperature materials (polymers) in terms of thermal durability. Explain the difference between the low temperature materials and low temperature materials.
Class 4 Basics of high temperature materials. Explain the type and characteristics of high temperature materials.
Class 5 Low temperature materials (separator for secondary batteries and PEFCs) and polymers (cost, machinability, durability). Explain the role of the polymer material as a low temperature materials.
Class 6 Basics of Catalysis and catalytic materials. Explain the catalyst function and catalyst materials.
Class 7 High temperature catalysts (Fe, Ni catalysts for fuel reforming), Low temperature catalysts (Pr catalysts for FCs) Explained the difference of high temperature materials and low temperature materials in accordance with the application.
Class 8 Summary of this lecture. Explain the important points of each topic.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

There is no textbook. Reading materials will be distributed if needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on the term end examination. Submission of reports will be considered for the evaluation when assigned.

Related courses

  • Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 1
  • Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 2
  • Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 1
  • Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 2
  • Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 1
  • Energy system theory
  • Recent technologies of fuel cells, solar cells butteries and energy system

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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