2016 Topics in Innovative Materials Science I

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Innovative and Engineered Materials
Odawara Osamu  Nagai Keiji  Kamata Keigo 
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Course description and aims

The purpose of the course is to present innovative concepts and technologies for the exploration, characterization and use of materials and devices. Status quo of nanotechnologies is overviewed. At the end of this course, students will be able to learn the role of innovative materials in the society as well as to understand the basic concepts on innovative materials with backgrounds such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

Student learning outcomes

By focusing on innovative concepts and technologies for the exploration, characterization and use of energy and environmental materials, recent topics and progress are overviewed on “Innovative concepts and technologies in materials science” and “Recent progresses in nanotechnologies: materials, processing and applications”. In addition, the instructor would like the students to learn the latest topics about innovative materials and to apply the knowledge to design and develop practical materials.


Innovation, Material Science, Nanotechnology, Extreme Science, Catalyst Material, Chemical Process

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The lectures with the following topics are scheduled:
(1) Materials Innovation in Space Exploration
(2) Innovation in Energetic Materials for Photonics
(3) Innovation in Catalyst Materials

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 ISRU in Space environment utilization To understand “in-situ resource utilization(ISRU)” as one of the most useful technologies in Space Exploration
Class 2 SPINOFF derived from R&Ds on Space Exploration To approach NASA SPINOFF 2015 technologies with IDEAL (Identify, Define, Explore, Act on and Look back) view-points
Class 3 High-leveled design guideline for R&Ds on “artificial organs” To understand the importance of R&D design relating with the R&Ds on artificial organs, specially the ones on artificial retina
Class 4 Nano-technology toward “Super Atom” and “Fractal Structure” To understand quantum and nano-technological approach to super atom and fractal structure
Class 5 R&Ds on Space Solar Power Systems Through approaches to the SSPS R&Ds, advanced knowledge on long-distance remote sensing technology and large-scaled deployable structure formation
Class 6 Introduction to “Photonics” What is light?
Class 7 Innovation in solar energy conversion: "Organophotocatalysis" Explain element processes of light absorption, energy transfer and electron transfer, and their synchronization to convert solar light efficiently.
Class 8 Innovation in high intense light: "high power laser materials" Explain mechanism of laser oscillation, specification of high power laser materials, and their development.
Class 9 Innovation in high density energy: "ultra-low density materials and highly spherical capsules" Explain laser-matter interaction mechanism and specification to convert laser light efficiently. Describe examples of target specification and synthesis.
Class 10 Innovation in nanotechnology: "extreme ultraviolet sours" Describe advanced lithography process based on Moore's law and explain 13.5 nm wavelength light generation.
Class 11 Basic concepts on catalytic chemistry Kinetics, equilibrium, activation energy
Class 12 Homogeneous catalysis and reaction mechanism Organometallics, oxidative addition, reductive elimination
Class 13 Heterogeneous catalysis and reaction mechanism Solid catalyst, Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism
Class 14 Industrial application of catalyst materials (1) Acid-/base-catalyzed reaction, oxidation, and reduction
Class 15 Industrial application of catalyst materials (2) Polymerization, organic synthesis, energy and environmental catalysis


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Assessment criteria and methods

Student evaluation is based on (1) a brief report on an assigned topics and (2) Q&A potentials. Your original comments are the most valuable input, so we appreciate that you will present your interesting topics shown in the course.

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  • ENR.H410 : Topics in Properties of Semiconductors
  • ENR.H401 : Advanced Photochemistry I
  • ENR.H402 : Advanced Photochemistry II
  • CAP.T401 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry I
  • MAT.C411 : Advanced Course of Catalytic Chemictry
  • CHM.B533 : Catalytic Chemistry on Solid Surface
  • CAP.T431 : Advanced Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis I

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

Nothing is prerequisite for registration.


This topical lecture is recommended for foreign as well as domestic students in the field of materials science and engineering.

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