2018 Inorganic Materials Science

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Kanno Ryoji  Hirayama Masaaki 
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Course description and aims

Inorganic solid chemistry is a science in which the research aiming at examining the structure of the synthesized solids, together with their application, is systematically organized from the standpoint of chemistry. In order to freely design and synthesize inorganic solid substances possessing a variety of characteristics, including magnetism, ion- and electron conductivity, superconductivity and optical properties, it is very important to understand the relationship between chemical bonding and crystal structure, as well as the physical properties of the substance. In this course, after first presenting the way of thinking to discuss the physical properties on the basis of chemical bonding and crystal structures, we will examine the methods of description and detection of a crystalline structure on a variety of scales needed for material design, and the methods of material synthesis. Handling will concentrate on crystalline substances, also for application and development in the field of energy conversion and storage materials, sometimes touching upon the latest topics. In the second half, we will deal with the electrical properties, magnetic properties, and energy conversion and storage properties from the point of view of material design.

Student learning outcomes

The goal is to learn the concepts and knowledge on materials science required at a time of expansion of inorganic solid materials mainly towards materials for energy conversion and storage. In this course, at the same time of recognizing the importance of the various methods of describing a crystalline structure, the practical use will be highlighted in favor of material design. Students will comprehend the associated electrical properties, magnetic properties, and energy conversion/storage to facilitate the understanding based on the correlation of chemical bonding and crystalline structure.


Inorganic solid-state chemistry, crystal structure, structure determination, physical properties of inorganic materials, energy conversion materials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Individual topics will be lectured with slides and crystal structure models.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General comments for energy materials, Crystal structure (symmetry and space group) Explain basic concepts of inorganic materials for energy devices and basics for describing crystal structures
Class 2 Crystal structure (description and some important structure types) Explain crystal structures in different manners and characterize various-type crystal structures
Class 3 Crystal structure - crystallography and diffraction techniques Explain how to identify crytalline phases and determine crystal structures
Class 4 Crystal structure - structural analyses from macro to nano scales Explain principles and characteristics of structural analyses
Class 5 Crystal defects and non-stoichiometry Explain how to describe imperfect crystals
Class 6 Solid solutions and phase diagrams Explain ideas of materials synthesis based on phase diagrams
Class 7 Synthesis methods for inorganic solids Explain important techniques for inorganic solids
Class 8 Electrical properties (electronic conductors) Explain the mechanisms of electronic conduction in inorganic solids
Class 9 Electrical properties (ionic conductors and dielectrics) Explain the mechanisms of ionic conduction in inorganic solids
Class 10 Magnetic properties Explain structual features of magnetic materials
Class 11 Optical properties Explain absorption, reflection, and scattering in inorganic solids
Class 12 Conversion of electrical and chemical energies Explain energy conversion with mixed ionic/electronic conductors
Class 13 Applications to electrochemical energy devices (rechargeable batteries) Explain concepts and directions of materials research for rechargeable batteries
Class 14 Applications to electrochemical energy devices (fuel cells and capacitors) Explain concepts and directions of materials research for fuel cells and capacitors
Class 15 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by understanding of the above all lectures.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications 2nd edition (A. R. West / Wiley)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed from reports (50%) and final exam (50%).

Related courses

  • ZIB.C452 : Fundamental Electrochemistry
  • ZIB.C401 : Topics in Applied Electrochemistry

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