2017 Energy Conversion Ceramics Materials

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Yasuda Kouichi  Matsushita Sachiko  Miyauchi Masahiro  Matsuda Akifumi 
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Tue5-6(S7-201)  Fri5-6(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This course is to discuss the cutting-edge researches of energy-conversion materials for light energy, chemical energy, thermal energy, nuclear energy and electric energy. 

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)Explain various types of energy-conversion materials.
2)Describe the cutting-edge researches for energy-conversion materials.
3)Train the plan of the advanced researches.


energy-conversion materials, Semiconductor, Artificial photosynthesis, Solar module, Plasmon, Solid oxide fuel cell, Wind power generation, Electrical energy storage, Energy saving, Thermoelectric materials.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The instructor explains using slides.
Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Semiconductor and energy conversion Explain electric band structure of semicondutor and p-type, n-type and their junction.
Class 2 Photovoltaics (quantum dot and emerging solar cell) Explain photon absorption, electron transition, and structure of solar cell.
Class 3 Artificial photosynthesis Explain hydrogen production and CO2 reduction by photocatalysis.
Class 4 Solar Module Solar module, and the evaluation of the electrochemical characteristics
Class 5 Chemomechanical energy transduction Introduction of several chemomechanical energy transduction system such as a spontaneous interfacial motion at oil/water interface
Class 6 Solar thermal power generation, thermoelectric energy conversion, plasmon Introduction of energy harvesting from electromagnetic waves.
Class 7 Engineering Ceramics in Gas Turbine Engine System Explain Si3N4, SiC, SiC/SiC composites, and EBC coating
Class 8 Ceramics in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and their relibility Expalin ZrO2 and GDC and discuss the reliability of SOFC
Class 9 S3N4 Ceramics in Wind Power Generation Explain Si3N4 ball bearing and its mechanical properties
Class 10 Fundamental Study and Application of Piezoelectric Materials Explain piezoelectric effect, its mechanism, and its application.
Class 11 Inorganic materials for electrical energy storage Various technologies used for electrical energy storage are introduced. Especially, inorganic materials and ceramics play important roles in NaS battery, lithium-ion batteries, electric double layer capacitors and multilayer ceramic capacitors. For these devices, the relationship between material properties and energy storage properties is discussed.
Class 12 Reduction of liquid-flow resistance at the interface between solid and liquid for energy saving Explanation on the fundamentals of dynamic behavior of fluid at the solid/liquid interface
Class 13 Thermoelectrics as an energy harvesting technology; power generation from waste heat. Introduction of thermoelectric conversion technology to utilize renewable energy and its applications to sustainable society.
Class 14 Science and engineering on thermoelectric materials Understanding of physics on thermoelectric phenomena and related material technology, and advanced R&D trends.
Class 15 Review Brush up on this course


Course materials are provide during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class or uploaded on website.

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • None

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

Non prerequisites

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Sachiko Matsushita (4th - 6th) matsushita.s.ab[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Masahiro Miyauchi (1st-3rd) mmiyauchi[at]ceram.titech.ac.jp
Koichi Yasuda (7th-9th) kyasuda[at]ceram.titech.ac.jp
Akifumi Matsuda (13th-14th) matsuda.a.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

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