2016 Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 1

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Nozaki Tomohiro  Kimura Yoshisato  Nagai Keiji  Yoshimoto Mamoru  Matsuda Akifumi 
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Course description and aims

 This course focuses on various materials which are used in energy conversion devices. Students will gain the basic knowledge of the physical properties, structures, functions, processes, and the evaluation method of various functional 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 are explained. This course focuses on "photons and materials interaction" and materials are categorized into organic/inorganic and metal/semiconductor/dielectric materials: Students will obtain the basics of their physical and chemical properties. Moreover, the course enables deep understanding of relations between operating principle and the marginal efficiency of energy devices and materials functions. The lectures cover materials synthesis, process technology, and characterization comprehensively.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the basics of metallic materials.
2. Explain the basics of semiconductor materials.
3. Explain the basics of dielectric materials.
4. Explain the basics of polymer materials.
5. Explain the similarities and differences among these materials.


Metals, Semiconductors, Dielectrics, Polymers

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. Attendance will be taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Interaction between photons and solid state materials. Conduction band, valence band, HOMO, LUMO, and analogical understanding of various energy materials. Explain the interaction of solid material and the light.
Class 2 Basics of metallic materials. Explain the type and characteristics of metallic materials.
Class 3 Metallic materials: crystallographic structures, functions under high temperature environment, plasmonic behavior, difference between alloying and doping. Explain the functions and applications of metallic materials.
Class 4 Basics of semiconductor materials. Explain the type and characteristics of semiconductor materials.
Class 5 Semiconductor : Direct bandgap and indirect bandgap semiconductor, Silicon, Compound semiconductors, organic semiconductors, plasmonic and photocatalytic effect, material degradation due to light. Explain the functions and applications of organic and inorganic materials.
Class 6 Basics of semiconductor materials. Explain the type and characteristics of the dielectric material.
Class 7 Dielectric materials: Transparency and carrier conduction, carrier density and mobility control by doping, wide band gap semiconductor and power devices. Explain the functions and applications of dielectric materials.
Class 8 Summary of this lecture. Explain the important points of each topic.


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

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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 2
  • Energy system theory
  • Recent technologies of fuel cells, solar cells butteries and energy system

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

No prerequisites.


No prerequisites.

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