2018 Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues I

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Saito Reiko 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on nanomaterials, and covers the fundamentals of nanomaterials and the design of effective functionality by chemical and physical combination of molecules, nanomaterials and bulk materials. Synthetic strategy of nanomaterials by bottom-up and top-down methods, basic theory of novel or enhanced physical properties resulted in miniaturization, and the concept of combination of materials are essential in the field of materials science to develop fine and novel functionalities.
These approaches are not only useful for nanomaterials, but are applicable to design energy devices and other materials.
This course introduces cyclodextrins, inclusion compounds and fine polymer particles as organic nanocomposite,.
Students will have the chance to tackle practical problems by applying knowledge acquired through this course.
This course facilitates students’ understanding materials and ability to develop novel materials.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain nanomaterials.
2) Explain synthetic conceept of nanomaterials.
3) Explain specific properties and features of nanomaterials, and the difference from bulk materials.
4) Design novel materials and solve the prospective problems for the system design.


Nanomaterials, supramolecular chemistry, polymer particles, composites.
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 Overview of nanomaterials for energy science and enginnering Explain the concept of nanocomposites.
Class 2 Chemistry and properties of Inclusion materials Explain and describe the experimental methods for sysnthesis of inclusion compound
Class 3 Properties of polymer particles and polymer-inorganic nanoparticles Explain and describe the sysnthesis and properties of polymer-inorganic particles
Class 4 Polymer binders for lithium ion battery Understand and describe the effect of nanostructures of polymer on lithium ion battery
Class 5 polymer electrolyte Understand and describe the effect of nanostructures of polymer electrolytes in battery.
Class 6 Separators Understand and describe the effect of nanostructures separators in battery.
Class 7 Self-study Study for preparation of report.
Class 8 Summary of nano-mateials in relation to energy conversions and Examination Summerize the lecuture, 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 us 40, and 2 and 3 are 30 units each.
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.H502 : Advanced Chemical Materials for Energy Issues II
  • 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 is desirable.

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