2016 Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues II

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Wada Yuji  Saito Reiko  Suzuki Eiichi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the design of effective functionality by chemical and physical combination of molecules, nanomaterials and bulk materials. The concept of combination of materials is essential in the field of materials science to develop fine and novel functionalities. This approach is not only useful for material design, but is applicable to design energy devices. Students will have the chance to tackle practical problems by applying knowledge acquired throughthis course.This course introduces the principles and application of the specific phenomenon and the efficiency improvement of the photochemical energy conversion, and the properties of polymers for lithium ion battery. This is a continuation of “ENR.H501 : Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues I”. This course facilitates students’ understanding of materials in energy devices and development in novel devices.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain electronic, photonic, and magnetic functions of the systems chemically composed with molecules, nanomaterials and bulk materials.
2) Design novel materials and solve the prospective problems for the system design.


Photocatalyst, pigment sensitizer, solar battery, lithium ion battery, secondary battery, energy conversion materials, binder, separator

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.
Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered.
Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: Enegy issues and chemistry Discuss and describe chemical remediations for grobal energy issues
Class 2 Essentails of photocatalysis Explain photocatalytic systems using semiconductors or metal complexes
Class 3 Solar energy conversion based on chemical systems Explain the structures and the working mechanisms dye sensitized solar cell and organic film photovoltaic devices
Class 4 Polymer binders for lithium ion battery Understand and describe the effect of nanostrutures of polymer on lithium ion battery
Class 5 Separator, polymer electrolyte Understand and describe the effect of nanostrutures of polymer on separator and polymer elctrolytes in battery.
Class 6 Highly efficient catalysts for chemical conversions Factors determining catalytic activity are described
Class 7 Highly selective catalysts for chemical conversions Factors determining selectivity of catalysts are described
Class 8 Summary of materials for energy conversions and Examination Summerize the course contents and Examination.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Students will be assessed on their understanding of synthesis and propertis of nanomaterials, and their ability to apply them to solve problems.
2) Students’ course scores are based on midterm and final exams (80%) and exercise problems (20%).
3) The weights for learning outcomes 1 is 60 units and 2 is 40 units.
4) Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory.
5) The instructor may fail a student if he/she repeatedly comes to class late or resubmits reports too often.

Related courses

  • ENR.H501 : Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues I
  • ENR.H407 : Advanced Solid State Chemistry Oriented for Energy and Environment Issues I
  • ENR.H408 : Advanced Solid State Chemistry Oriented for Energy and Environment Issues II
  • ENR.H503 : Advanced Polymer Design for Energy Meterials

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses inluding (ENR.H501 : Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues I)is desirable.

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