2019 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  Yoshimoto Mamoru  Matsuda Akifumi  Majima Yutaka  Kamiya Toshio  Tsuge Takeharu  Katase Takayoshi  Kitano Masaaki  Wakai Fumihiro  Nishiyama Norimasa  Azuma Masaki  Yamamoto Takafumi  Hayashi Tomohiro  Matsuishi Satoru 
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Tue1-2(S7-202)  Fri1-2(S7-202)  
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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 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 3 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 4 Design and prediction of new materials based on advanced computational science and materials informatics Understand the design and prediction of inorganic materials based on modern computational and data science.
Class 5 intermolecular interactions at biointerfaces Understand intermolecular interactions to explain various interfacial phenomena such as adsorption, self-assembly, waterproof, etc.
Class 6 Design of functional transition metal oxides and mixed anion compounds Study about the synthesis and properties of functional transition metal oxides and mixed anion compounds.
Class 7 Materials development for electronics and energy harvesting by atomic-scale structural and morphological design Study about advanced nano-/atomic-scale technology for development of novel electronic and energy materials.
Class 8 Phase transition and functionality of materials Study the phase transitions in materials and the relationship with the functionality of materials
Class 9 Catalysts and Material Science To understand advanced inorganic catalyst materials and their environment-friendly chemical process.
Class 10 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 11 Nano electrical materials and devices Study on single-electron effect on nanomaterials and electron transport mechanism on nanodevices
Class 12 Ultrafast spectroscopy Learn real-time observation of phonons with ultrashort laser pulses
Class 13 Toughening mechanisms of ceramics Understanding of origin of toughness of ceramics, such as zirconia, stishovite, and silicon nitride.
Class 14 Electronic and optical properties of mixed anion compounds. Study about the synthesis and opt-electronic properties of mixed anion compounds.



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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