2020 Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry I

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

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.

Student learning outcomes

The goal to be attained is to learn the concept and acquire knowledge on materials science required at a time of expansion of inorganic solid materials mainly towards materials for energy conversion and storage. In this lecture, 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.


inorganic solid-state chemistry, crystal structure, structure determination

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 defects and non-stoichiometry Explain how to describe imperfect crystals
Class 4 Crystal structure - crystallography and diffraction techniques Explain how to identify crytalline phases and determine crystal structures
Class 5 Crystal structure - structural analyses from macro to nano scales Explain principles and characteristics of structural analyses
Class 6 Solid solutions and phase diagrams Explain ideas of materials synthesis based on phase diagrams
Class 7 Chemical bonding and band structure, Practice problems and final exercises for confirming the level of understanding Explain chemical bondings and band structures for materials development, and solve exercises by understanding of the above all lectures

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of crystal structure and its characterization, solid solution, and materials synthesis and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed from reports (50%) and final exam (50%).

Related courses

  • ENR.H406 : Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry II

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