2022 Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry II

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Hirayama Masaaki  Suzuki Kota 
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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 lecture, we will deal with the electrical properties, magnetic properties, optical properties, ionic conduction properties, and energy conversion and storage properties from the point of view of material design. In the second half, we will describe device applications of energy conversion and storage materials, as well as the current situation and challenges including the latest topics.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to explain the concept and acquire knowledge of materials science required to develop inorganic solid materials mainly as energy conversion and storage materials. In this lecture, in addition to the energy conversion and storage characteristics, students will comprehend the associated electrical properties, magnetic properties, and optical properties to facilitate the understanding based on the correlation of chemical bonding and crystalline structure.


inorganic solid-state chemistry, 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 Introduction for inorganic materials properties and applications to energy devices, and Electrical properties (electronic conductors) Explain the importance of inorganic materials for energy devices and the mechanisms of electronic conductions in inorganic solids
Class 2 Electrical properties (ionic conductors and dielectrics) Explain the mechanisms of ionic conduction in inorganic solids
Class 3 Magnetic properties Explain structural features of magnetic materials
Class 4 Optical properties Explain absorption, reflection, and scattering in inorganic solids
Class 5 Applications to electrochemical energy devices(rechargeable batteries) Explain concepts and directions of materials research for rechargeable batteries
Class 6 Applications to electrochemical energy devices (fuel cells and capacitors) Explain concepts and directions of materials research for fuel cells and capacitors
Class 7 Applications to electrochemical energy devices (solar cells) Explain concepts and directions of materials research for solar cells

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 will be assessed from exercises and reports in each lecture.

Related courses

  • ENR.H405 : Advanced Inorganic Materials Chemistry I

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