2021 Functional Devices

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Funakubo Hiroshi 
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Course description and aims

In addition to the perspective of applying material properties to devices, this course also covers what properties are desired, and material design for materials with all sorts of properties. The instructor lectures about each aspect of advanced electronics, photonics, and devices that are either in practical use or development such as their materials, production process, and applications such that students can learn about the thought processes involved in development. The course deals with optically and electronically functional materials from the perspective of dielectrics and magnetic bodies, free from categories such as semiconductors and metals, concentrating mainly on items that fall under nanotechnology with forms ranging from bulks to thin film and fine particles, allowing students to discern the direction of future device development. The instructor offers familiar devices such as memory, capacitors, permanent magnets, sensors, and actuators as examples.
The purpose of this course is for students to understand the operating principles of functional devices such as memory, energy conversion devices, etc. that use dielectrics or magnetic bodies that are either in practical use or in development, as well as how the properties of the constituent materials are involved. It is important for students to acquire knowledge related to trends in the research and development of advanced devices, properties, and materials, as well as to understand the importance of material development for device creation.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) understand the basic of dielectric and magnetic properties and the devices based on dielectric and magnetic properties,
2) learn the trend to develop cutting-edge devices,
3) set issues based on future devices and find their solutions.


Dielectric materials, magnetic materials, electronic devices

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The topic changes every class. A lesson and discussion are held in each class.
Attend every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamental of Dielectrics Students will understand fundamental of dielectric property.
Class 2 Capacitor devices Students will understand fundamental of the devices using capacitors.
Class 3 Integrated capacitor devices Students will understand fundamental of the devices using integrated capacitors.
Class 4 Memory devices Students will understand fundamental of the memory devices.
Class 5 Piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices Students will understand fundamental of the piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices.
Class 6 Piezoelectric and pyroelectric MEMS devices Students will understand fundamental of the integrated piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices.
Class 7 Optical Devices using Dielectric Materials Students will understand fundamental of the optical devices using dielectric materials.
Class 8 Fundamental of magnetism (1) ferromagnetics Students will understand fundamental properties of ferromagnetic materials required to study magnetic devices.
Class 9 Fundamental of magnetism (2) ferromagnetic anisotroy and domain structure Students will understand magnetic anisotropy and magnetic domain in ferromagnetic materials required to study magnetic devices.
Class 10 Preparation and characterization of magnetic particles Students will understand fabrication and characterization methods of ferromagnetic thin films and nanoparticles used in magnetic devices..
Class 11 Magnetic data storage devices Students will understand recording mechanism and fundamental magnetic properties for storage media in hard disk drives.
Class 12 Magnetic sensor and spintronics Students will understand magnetic sensors used in hard disk drives and electronic devices.
Class 13 Magnetic devices for healthcare and biomedical applications Students will understand magnetic devices using nanoparticles for healthecare and biomedical applications.
Class 14 Magnetic devices for environmental and energy applications Students will understand magnetic devices to solve energy-related issues.

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.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assesment is based on report in view of electrical and electronic devices using dielectric and magnetic devices.

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

None required.

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