2016 Advanced Photochemistry II

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

[Summary of the lecture] This course focuses on fundamental theory in development of photofunctional materials and devices based on photochemistry. In the early part, the course covers experimental methods and mechanism of photo-energy conversion among recent research topics. Then, photoinduced electron transfer and energy transfer are explained. In the latter part, the course covers refractive index of molecules and photochromism as an important photochemical reaction.
[Aim of the lecture] In understanding and development of photofunctional materials and devices, systematic design connecting photofunction of molecules with photofunction of materials based on molecular photochemistry is important. Students will have the chance to learn photochemistry in existing photofunctional materials and future perspective of photofunctional materials and devices through this course.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to
(1) explain evaluation and mechanism of photocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis.
(2) explain photoinduced electrontransfer and energy transfer.
(3) explain refractive index and photochromism.
(4) describe photofucntions.


photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis, photoinduced electron transfer, energy transfer, photoisomerization

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 Photoenergy conversion materials, experimental evaluation How do you evaluate properties of solar cell, artificial photosynthesis and photocatalyst?
Class 2 Photoenergy conversion materials, mechanism Explain element processes of photovoltaics and photocatalysis.
Class 3 Photoinduced electron transfer Explain the activated state of photoinduced electron transfer and its relation to the ratio.
Class 4 Energy transfer Explain the factor of energy transfer ratio and its distance dependence.
Class 5 Photochromism Explain photochromism and photochromic molecules
Class 6 Refractive index Explain refractive index from the viewpoint of molecular structure
Class 7 Photofunction of materials: new horizons Explain recent progress on photofunction of materials
Class 8 Photofunction of materials: future perspective Explain future perspective based on recent developments


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.H401 : Advanced 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 Advanced Photochemistry I.

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