2023 Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 2 大岡山

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Matsumoto Hidetoshi  Ihara Manabu  Kimura Yoshisato  Nozaki Tomohiro  Matsuda Akifumi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on various materials which are used in modern energy conversion devices. Students will gain the basic knowledge of the physical properties, structures, functions, processes, and the evaluation method of those functional energy materials. Specifically, fuel cell materials, high-temperature energy conversion materials, catalytic materials are highlighted, and the state-of-the-art energy devices and related functional materials will be explained. Energy materials are categorized into metals, ceramics, and polymers in term of their carrier conductivity. A role of those functional materials in energy devices will be explained comprehensively. Moreover, students will obtain the knowledge of the relationship between operating principle and the marginal efficiency of the devices and materials functions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the basics of fuel cell materials.
2. Explain the basics of high-temperature materials.
3. Explain the basics of secondary battery materials.
4. Explain the similarities and differences among these materials.


Fuel cells, Solar cells, Batteries, High-temperature materials, Catalysts and catalysis, Thermoelectric materials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

After the guidance of this course, each material will be explained in two classes. All classes will be given ONLINE (using Zoom system) for both Ookayama and Suzukakedai Campuses.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 2. Basics of structures and properties of polymer materials. Explain the relationship between energy materials and thermal energy (temperature).
Class 2 Ion transport in polymer electrolytes. Explain the mechanism of ion transport in polymer electrolytes.
Class 3 Charge carrier transport in conjugated polymers Explain the mechanism of charge carrier transport in conjugated polymers.
Class 4 Electrical conductivity and plastic deformability of alloys based on metallic bond Explain the electrical conductivity and plastic deformability of alloys based on understanding metallic bond characteristics.
Class 5 Basics of thermoelectric materials and applications for thermoelectric power generation Understand basics of thermoelectric materials and explain the essence of materials design for the applications focusing on thermoelectric power generation.
Class 6 Basics and materials of inorganic semiconductors Understand and explain basics and characteristics of inorganic semiconducting materials.
Class 7 Applications of inorganic semiconductors and nanomaterials technology Explain the applications of inorganic semiconducting materials in the electronic and energy fields and the developments based on nanomaterials technology.

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.

There is no textbook. Reading materials will be distributed if needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on the term end examination and the assignment for each class. Attendance is required to submit each assignment. The term end examinations will be held at the Ookayama and Suzukakedai campuses.

Related courses

  • Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 1
  • Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 2
  • Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 1
  • Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 2
  • Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 1
  • Energy system theory
  • Recent technologies of fuel cells, solar cells butteries and energy system

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

No prerequisites.

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As needed: to contact by e-mail in advance

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