2016 Introduction of Advanced Materials

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kawaji Hitoshi  Nakamura Kazutaka  Oba Fumiyasu  Hara Michikazu  Kamata Keigo  Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Funakubo Hiroshi  Sasagawa Takao  Matsuishi Satoru  Yoshimoto Mamoru  Matsuda Akifumi  Majima Yutaka  Kamiya Toshio  Hayashi Tomohiro  Hiramatsu Hidenori  Taniyama Tomoyasu 
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Tue1-2(S7-201)  Fri1-2(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This course gives an overview of the current status and outlook of several topics in materials science. Students will learn the fundamentals and applications in a variety of fields in materials science. The course also encourages students to develop critical thinking
skills by taking a global view of materials science.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the following concepts:
phase transitions, fast dynamics, computational science, catalysis, biomedical applications, energy harvester, electronic functional materials, mixed anion compounds, eco-energy materials, nanomaterials, oxide semiconductors, biointerfaces, superconductivity, nano-scale magentism and spintronics


cutting-edge materials science

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each class gives an overview of different topics in materials science, including the fundamentals and applications .

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Phase transition and functionality of materials Study the phase transitions in materials and relationship with the functionality of the materials
Class 2 Materials dynamics and novel measurement technique using laser Study dynamical process of atomic motions and phase transition in solids
Class 3 Design and exploration of new materials based on advanced computational science Understand the prediction of materials properties based on recent computational science and its applications to materials design and exploration.
Class 4 Catalysts and Material Science Study advanced inorganic catalyst materials and environment-friendly chemical process
Class 5 Biomedical applications using magnetic nanoparticles as an energy converter Understand biomedical applications using magnetic nanoparticles as an energy converter.
Class 6 Novel enegry hervester and green materials using functional thin films Understand energy hervestes from enviromentally abailable energy
Class 7 Novel electronic functional materials created by strong relativistic effects Understand relativistic effects from heavy elements in solid state materials, which can create novel electronic phenomena and functions
Class 8 Synthesis and electronic properties of mixed anion compounds Study about synthesis and electronic properties of mixed-anion compounds.
Class 9 Novel electronic and eco-energy materials by control of atomic-scale morphology and structure Study about advanced nano-/atomic-scale technology to develop novel electronic and energy materials.
Class 10 Electrical properties of nanomaterials and their device Understand single-electron effect and electron transport mechanism on nanomaterials
Class 11 Electronic structures and materials design of oxide semiconductors Understand the electronic structures of oxides to establish guiding principles for designing new semiconductors
Class 12 Basics of analytical tools to investigate molecular processes at biointerfaces Learn basics of molecular recognition processes and working principles of biosensors.
Class 13 Synthesis of new functional materials such as semiconductors and superconductors, and their thin-film growth and device fabrication Understand representative properties of semiconductors and superconductors
Class 14 Nano-scale magnetism and its application to spintoronics and multiferroics Understanding unique magnetic properties at a nano-scale region.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Text book specified by the instructor.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of the written reports and on the status of submission thereof.

Related courses

  • MAT.M201 : Fundamentals of Crystallography
  • MAT.C202 : Crystal and Phonon
  • MAT.C205 : Introduction of Ceramics
  • MAT.C206 : Ceramic Processing
  • MAT.C301 : Crystal Chemistry (Ceramics course)
  • MAT.C305 : Semiconductor Materials and Device
  • MAT.C306 : Dielectric Materials Science
  • MAT.C307 : Magnetic Materials Science
  • MAT.C308 : Continuum Mechanics
  • MAT.C316 : Biomaterials Science

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

No prerequisites.

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