2017 Environmental Science

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Miyauchi Masahiro 
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Tue3-4(S7-201)  Fri3-4(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on materials science for earth, aeronomy, environmental issues, energy issues. In particular, this course explains air purification, water purification, elemental strategy, environmental problems and industrial development, environmental technology, waste or garbage management, recycle, energy supply, and renewal energy.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand composition of earth or air, and be able to learn the relation ship between materials flow on earth/air and energy/environmental issues.


earth, mineral, air, elemental strategy, environmental purification, recycle, risk management of chemicals, energy, saving energy, nuclear power generator, renewable energy, solar cell.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Important points in each unit will be explained by using the printed text book and students will be solve the short test during the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understanding the syllabus.
Class 2 Aeronomy (ozone layer and green house phenomenon) Understanding the origin of ozone layer and green house effect.
Class 3 Earth and mineral science and elemental strategy Understanding earth and mineral composition and elemental strategy.
Class 4 Dissolution and precipitation of minerals Understanding the formation and disolution of minerals. Short test.
Class 5 Oxidation and reduction of minerals Understanding oxidation and reduction reaction of minerals. Short test.
Class 6 Environmental purification technology Understanding environmental purification technology.
Class 7 Reduction of load on earth environment Understanding reduction of load on earth environment.
Class 8 Waste management and recycle Understanding waste management and recycle.
Class 9 Risk management of chemicals for safety Understanding risk management of chemicals for safety
Class 10 Energy efficiency on earth Understanding the concept of exergy. Short text.
Class 11 Technology for saving energy (fuel cell as example) Understanding fuel cell technology. Short test.
Class 12 Nuclear power plant and radioactive waste Understanding nuclear power plant and radioactive waste management.
Class 13 Renewal energy Understanding renewal energy.
Class 14 Solar energy conversion (photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis) Understanding the technology for solar energy conversion.
Class 15 Summary Understanding and overviwing the course.


Handout or uploaded on the web site by instructor

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Sustainable energy (David JC MacKay)

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam.

Related courses

  • MAT.C312 : Electrochmistry (Ceramics course)

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


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