2021 Soft Materials Design

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Matsumoto Hidetoshi 
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Course description and aims

Organic materials includes a broad range of materials groups, phases, and morphologies form small- to macro-molecules. From the viewpoint of materials science and physical chemistry, this course deals with the relationship between nano-microscaled structural controlling of organic materials including multi-component systems and nanomaterials and their properties. In addition, this course introduce recent energy applications of organic materials for photoelectric conversion, thermoelectric conversion, and polymer electrolytes.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the characteristics and formation mechanism of condensed system, phase separation, crystal and amorphous structures, and network structure of solid polymers.
2) Understand the functional expression of solid polymers based on their characteristics and formation mechanism.


Condensed polymer system, Multicomponent polymer system, Polymer crystal structure, Polymer amorphous structure, Polymer network Structure, Polymer nanomaterials,Polymer nanofibers

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, the previous class is bleiefly reviewed. Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of Softmaterials Understand characteristics of softmaterials.
Class 2 Solid state polymers - general and multi-component polymer system Understand polymer chain behavior in the bulk, multi-component polymer system, and micro phase separation.
Class 3 Solid state polymers - crystal structure Understand polymer crystal structure and crystallization mechanism.
Class 4 Solid state polymers - amorphous and others Understand polymer amorphous structure and grass transition phenomenon.
Class 5 Colloidal dispersions Understand colloidal dispersions and DLVO theory.
Class 6 Polymer Nanomaterials and Nanofibers Understand polymer nanomaterials and polymer nanofibers.
Class 7 Summary Review the course contents

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.

Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.
Matsushita, Yushu Ed., Structural and Physical Properties of Polymers, Tokyo: Kodansha, ISBN: 978-4-06-154380-5. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on a report and a term-end examination.

Related courses

  • MAT.P421 : Organic Materials Functional Design

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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