Why do chemical reactions occur and what controls their kinetics? We will discuss these questions from the viewpoints of geochemistry, electrochemistry, and materials chemistry. In particular, the lecture will focus on fundamental reactions that are essential for understanding the origin of life and are directly related to global energy and environmental issues (e.g., nitrogen and carbon dioxide fixation).
By taking this course, students will acquire state-of-the-art knowledge on the origin of life (more specifically, chemical evolution). By studying the origin of life from multiple perspectives based on thermodinamics, reaction kinetics, electrochmneistry, and polymer chemistry, students will acquire the ability to extract the chemical strengths and weaknesses of each theory.
Origin of life, reaction kinetics, electrochmneistry, and polymer chemistry
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Each of the five faculty members will give two or three lectures, which will include an overview of each field in the origin of life (chemical evolution) and an explanation of the latest topics in the field using PowerPoint presentations.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Origin of elements||Explain the mechanism of the birth of the elements.|
|Class 2||Equilibrium thermodynamics||Explain equilibrium thermodynamics.|
|Class 3||Chemical kinetics||Explain Chemical kinetics.|
|Class 4||Kinetics on electrode reactions||Explain kinetics of electrochemical reactions.|
|Class 5||Membrane energetics||Understand the mechanism of membrane-mediated chemical energy conversion.|
|Class 6||Gio-Bio-electrochemistry||Study research trends on bioinspired catalysts.|
|Class 7||Prebiotic chemistry||Study research trends on prebiotic chemical reactions.|
|Class 8||Perspectives of Entropy||Understand entropy and connect this to the second law of thermodynamics|
|Class 9||surface science||Understand the methodology to analyze mineral surfaces.|
|Class 10||Enzymatic reactions: the chemistry of life||Understand the principles of enzymatic reactions.|
|Class 11||RNA World||Study on research trends on RNA world hypothesis.|
|Class 12||protocell /Dehydration/Rehydration||Study on research trends on protocell.|
|Class 13||Disuccsion 1||From the views of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, and polymer chemistry etc, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of origin-of-life theory.|
|Class 14||Disuccsion 2||From the views of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, and polymer chemistry etc, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of origin-of-life theory.|
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.
If necessary, materials will be distributed at the beginning of the lecture and explanations will be given using PowerPoint.
Evaluation will be based on the submission of assignments and presentations.
There are no specific course requirements, but students should have a basic knowledge of chemistry.