2020 Advanced Organic Materials Chemistry

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Fukushima Takanori  Shoji Yoshiaki 
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Course description and aims

This lecture will focus on (1) the physical and chemical properties of molecules and (2) non-covalent interactions used as the tools for controlled molecular assembly. Besides such fundamental issues on organic materials science, molecular design strategies for functional materials will be described.
The aim of this lecture is to foster students' understanding of (1) fundamental properties of molecules for the design of functional organic materials, (2) the topics of organic materials that exhibit optical and electronic functional materials, (3) the properties of soft materials incuding polymers and liquid crystals. This lecture will provide students with a wide perspective of organic functional materials.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this lecture, students will acquire the knowledge of (1) physical and chemical properties of organic molecules, (2) the fundamental principles of intermolecular interactions, organic structures, and functions, and (3) the relationship between organic structures and functions. Through this lecture, students will be able to understand the design of organic functional materials.


Organic materials, Organic main-group materials, Optical functions, Electronic functions, Polymeric materials, Liquid crystals

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) physical and chemical properties of organic and main-group molecules, (2) fundamental functions and design concepts of organic materials, (3) topics of organic functional materials. A report assignment will be announced In the final class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Structures and properties of organic molecules I: π-conjugated molecules Explain the structures and properties of organic π-conjugated molecules.
Class 2 Structures and properties of organic molecules II: organic main-group compounds Explain the structures and properties of organic main-group compounds.
Class 3 Organic materials with optical and electronic functions Explain the details of organic materials with optical and electronic functions.
Class 4 Organic nanomaterials with electronic functions Explain the structures and properties of organic nanomaterials.
Class 5 Liquid crystals and self-assembly materials Explain the details of functional self-assembly materials including liquid crystals.
Class 6 Recent topics of organic functional materials I Explain current topics of functional organic materials.
Class 7 Recent topics of organic functional materials II Explain current topics of functional organic materials.

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.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Koji Araki, Atsushi Takahara, Mitsuru Akashi, Kazuaki Kudo, Yuuki Kino Zairyo, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN-13: 978-4807906109 (Japanese).
Kazunori Matsuura, Akira Kakugo, Akihiro Kishimura, Akinori Saeki, Yukikazu Takeoka, Masanobu Naito, Takashi nakanishi, Masahiro Funabashi, Shiki Yagai, Functional Organic Materials, Kodansha, ISBN: 978-4-06-156802-0 (Japanese).
Masahiko Iyoda ed., Zairyo Yuuki Kagaku, Asakurashoten, ISBN: 978-4-254-25564-5 (Japanese).
Kazuhiro Nakasuji, Takashi Kubo, Takanori Suzuki, Shinji Toyota, Kozo Yuki Kagaku, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN: 978-4-8079-0957-5

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning results will be evaluated by question-and-answer (50%) and exams/reports (50%).

Related courses

  • Advanced Coordination Chemistry
  • Advanced Supramolecular Science

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takanori Fukushima: fukushima[at]res.titech.ac.jp, 045-924-5220
Yoshiaki Shoji: yshoji[at]res.titech.ac.jp, 045-924-5221

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