2018 Introduction of Advanced Materials

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kawaji Hitoshi  Oba Fumiyasu  Nakamura Kazutaka  Hara Michikazu  Kamata Keigo  Funakubo Hiroshi  Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Yoshimoto Mamoru  Matsuda Akifumi  Majima Yutaka  Kamiya Toshio  Hayashi Tomohiro  Tsuge Takeharu  Katase Takayoshi  Hiramatsu Hidenori  Kitano Masaaki  Wakai Fumihiro  Nishiyama Norimasa  Azuma Masaki  Tada Tomofumi  Azuma Yasuo  Matsuishi Satoru 
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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 Synthesis and electronic properties of mixed anion compounds. Study about the synthesis and electronic properties of mixed anion compounds.
Class 2 Intermolecular interaction at biointerfaces Understand interactions in water to explain phenomena such as adsorption, waterproof, etc.
Class 3 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 4 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 5 Phase transition and functionality of materials Study the phase transitions in materials and relationship with the functionality of the materials
Class 6 Electrical properties of nanomaterials and their devices Understand single-electron effect and electron transport mechanism on nanomaterials.
Class 7 Catalysts and Material Science Study advanced inorganic catalyst materials, Environment-friendly chemical process.
Class 8 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 9 Novel enegry hervester and green materials using functional thin films Understand energy hervestes.
Class 10 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.
Class 11 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 12 Sintering theory of engineering ceramics and synthesis of new materials Study about the theoretical understanding of sintering phenomena and the synthesis of high toughness ceramics.
Class 13 Suppression of thermal expansion using the negative thermal expansion materials Study about the technology for suppression of thermal expansion using the negative thermal expansion materials
Class 14 Advanced quantum chemistry for molecular, solid and complex systems Study about the cutting edge of molecular orbital concept for the intuitively understanding of the reactivity and conductivity of materials.



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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