2017 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:
energy harvester, phase transitions, catalysis, oxide semiconductors, eco-energy materials, biomass based-plastics, materials dynamics, ultra precision thin-film-growth techniques, biomedical applications, biointerfaces, computational science, nanomaterials, nano-scale magentism and spintronics, heterogeneous catalysts


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 Novel enegry hervester and green materials using functional thin films Understand energy hervestes.
Class 2 Phase transition and functionality of materials Study the phase transitions in materials and relationship with the functionality of the materials
Class 3 Catalysts and Material Science Study advanced inorganic catalyst materials, Environment-friendly chemical process.
Class 4 Electronic structures and materials design of oxide semiconductors Understand the electronic structures of oxides to establish guiding principles for designing new semiconductors
Class 5 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 6 Production strategy and material property of biomass based-plastics Understand the types and characteristics of biomass-based plastics and learn about applications according to material properties.
Class 7 Materials dynamics using ultrashort pulse laser To study a technique which monitor atomic motions and phase-transition dynamics in condensed matter and able to explain it.
Class 8 Ultra precision thin-film-growth techniques and functional nanomaterials/devices Study the thin-film layer-by-layer epitaxy techniques and their functional nanomaterials/devices.
Class 9 Biomedical applications using magnetic nanoparticles as an energy converter Understand biomedical applications using magnetic nanoparticles as an energy converter.
Class 10 Intermolecular interaction at biointerfaces Understand interactions in water to explain phenomena such as adsorption, waterproof, etc.
Class 11 Design and exploration of new materials based on advanced computational science Understand the prediction of material properties based on recent computational science and its applications to materials design and exploration.
Class 12 Electrical properties of nanomaterials and their devices Understand single-electron effect and electron transport mechanism on nanomaterials.
Class 13 Nano-scale magnetism and its application to spintoronics and multiferroics Understanding unique magnetic properties at a nano-scale region.
Class 14 Materials design of earth abundant heterogeneous catalysts Study the role of heterogeneous catalysts in various chemical reactions and the design guidelines of highly functional catalysts.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Text book specified by the instructor.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of the written quiz 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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