2017 Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 2 すずかけ

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Nozaki Tomohiro  Ihara Manabu  Kimura Yoshisato  Tomita Ikuyoshi  Takeuchi Daisuke  Inagi Shinsuke  Hirayama Masaaki  Waki Keiko  Suekane Tetsuya 
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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, 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 their carrier conductivity. 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 high-temperature materials.
3. Explain the basics of secondary battery materials.
4. Explain the similarities and differences among these materials.


Fuel cells, Solar cells, Batteries, High-temperature materials, Catalysts and catalysis, Thermoelectric materials

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 the relationship between energy materials and thermal energy (temperature).
Class 2 Low-temperature materials (separator for secondary batteries and PEFCs) and polymers (cost, machinability, durability) Part 1. Explain the role of the polymer material as low-temperature materials.
Class 3 Low-temperature materials and polymers: Part 2. Explain the role of the polymer material as low-temperature materials.
Class 4 Basics of metal oxide ion and electron conductors. Explain the type and characteristics of metal oxide ion and electron conductors.
Class 5 Basics of high-temperature materials. Explain the type and characteristics of high-temperature materials.
Class 6 Characteristics of Carrier conductivity and application to SOFC. Explain the SOFC principle and performance in relation to carrier conductivity.
Class 7 High-temperature materials and application for thermoelectric power generation. Explained the principle and characteristics of thermoelectric power generation in relation to high-temperature operation.
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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