2018 Introduction to Photochemistry II

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Nagai Keiji  Shishido Atsushi 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course focuses on fundamental aspects in solar energy conversion based on photochemistry. In the early part, the course reviews fundamental photochemistry and photophysics and summarizes element processes of solar energy conversion. In the latter part, the course covers integration of these processes and view a future aspects on artificial photosynthesis.
[Aim of the lecture] It is important to utilize solar energy for sustainable society. In addition to understanding fundamental processes in photochemistry, their integration is required in order to construct solar energy conversion system. Students will have the chance to learn the concept of integration. In order to understand the integration of the element processes, students will catch experimental technique and evaluate solar energy conversion efficiency through this course.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to
(1) list up fundamental photochemical processes.
(2) explain photo-induced electron transfer and energy transfer.
(3) explain an integration of necessary elements to construct solar energy conversion system.
(4) evaluate conversion efficiency from solar light, and explain the evidential experiments.
(5) vision future solar energy conversion.


solar energy conversion, integration, artificial photosynthesis, photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer, conversion efficiency

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Elemental process of photochemistry Explain important points shown in Introduction to Photochemistry I
Class 2 Spectrum of solar light Explain radiation of light and solar light spectrum.
Class 3 Light absorption Explain the light absorption and how to absorb solar light efficiently.
Class 4 How to output as chemical energy Show endothermic photochemical reactions, and explain the examples.
Class 5 Integration of multi processes Explain mechanism of energy/electron transfer and show its examples.
Class 6 Electron transfer in photosynthesis Analyze element processes in natural photosynthesis, and explain how these electron transfer are integrated.
Class 7 State-of-the-art artificial photosynthesis I Explain an artificial photosynthesis and discuss quantatively.
Class 8 State-of-the-art artificial photosynthesis II Explain an artificial photosynthesis and discuss quantatively.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Principles of Molecular Photochemistry -An Introduction- by N. J. Turro, V. Ramamuthy, J.C. Scaiano, University Science Books
Principles of Molecular Photochemistry -An Introduction- by H. Inoue et al., Maruzen Co., Ltd. (Japanese)
Photochemistry I, H. Inoue et al., Maruzen Co., Ltd. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on a report (50%) and exercise problems (50%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H420 : Introduction to Photochemistry I
  • CAP.T401 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry I
  • CAP.T402 : Introduction to Polymer Physics II
  • ENR.H501 : Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues I
  • ENR.H413 : Advanced Functional Polymer Materials I
  • ENR.H503 : Advanced Polymer Design for Energy Meterials
  • ENR.I510 : Optical properties of solids
  • MAT.P401 : Organic Optical Materials physics
  • MAT.C500 : Advanced Course of Materials Optics
  • EEE.S461 : Optical Communication Systems

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

Preferable to take Introduction in Photochemistry I.

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