2020 Materials Science Laboratory II

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Miyauchi Masahiro  Shioya Masatoshi  Kawamura Kenichi  Ueda Mitsutoshi  Hayashi Miyuki  Muraishi Shinji  Kobayashi Equo  Tada Eiji  Terada Yoshihiro  Nakatsuji Kan  Gohda Yoshihiro  Nakada Nobuo  Kobayashi Satoru  Sannomiya Takumi 
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Course description and aims

Students will learn fundamentals of researches on metals (M), organic materials (P) and inorganic materials (C) through learning the experimental procedures, the principles of experiments and the comparison of experimental results with theoretical predictions. Through this, students acquire and improve their skills for fundamental and advanced researches for wide variety of materials. More concretely, the aim of this class is to gain fundamental ability for structural analysis, chemical synthesis and analyses, characterization of physical properties of materials experiencing from the fabrication of specimen to applying various analytical technique. These are essential skills for the researchers of materials science and engineering.

Student learning outcomes

M: Student will achieve knowledge and experimental techniques necessary for investigating metallic materials in terms of microstructure observation, determination of crystalline structure, measurement of physical, chemical and mechanical properties.

P: By the end of this course, students will acquire:
1. Fundamental skills of chemical and physical measurement operations
2. Understanding of the chemical reactions and analysis                    
3. Understanding of the meanings of refractive index, birefringence and phase transition                           
4. Understanding of the characteristics of electric circuits, fuel cell and viscoelastic properties for materials. 
5. Understanding of the experimental methods, data reductions and discussion based on obtained data, and learning the basics for more advanced experiments

C: This lecture aims the students to have following knowledge and experimental experiences;
Fundamental knowledges on the structure, physical and/or chemical nature of ceramics powders
Fundamental techniques on the identification of ceramics
Fundamental techniques on the characterization of physical and chemical properties of ceramic powders
Experimental technique and procedures of forming or molding of ceramic powders
Preparation procedures of ferrite ceramics
Theory and mechnisms of magnetic properties of ferrite ceramics and their characterization technique
Improve the skill to find the issue originally and to make a experimental plan to solve the issue.
Improve the communication skill and leadership through the group work of the experiment. Improve the presentation skill.


M: microstructure of metal, tensile test, hardness, conductivity, X-ray diffraction, electrode potential
P: Material science, material engineering, organic and polymeric materials, experiment, operation of chemical experiment, analysis method, optical measurement, electric measurement
C: ceramics, powder, sintering ferrite, magnetic property

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students work in teams throughout this course and conduct a series of experimental themes. The learning quarters and orders of learning could be changed. Students will learn whole themes in Materials Science Laboratory I, II and III in a different order, by taking all courses of Materials Science Laboratory at 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters. The written report must be submitted by a specified date. Students must read the experiment text before the starting of each experiment to ensure safety and smooth running.

In addition
C: According the textbook, the students learn about the functions of ceramics materials (ferrite) and its fundamental processing procedures. After the summary, they move on advanced step to make an original experimental plan by group work.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 M:Guidance, fundamental skills of experimental works, scinetific ethic and reprt writing P: Purification of organic solvent by distillation C: Introduction to the experiment on ceramics M: Students shall understand whole program of the course, fundamental skills of experimental works, scinetific ethic and reprt writing P: Learning basic skills for organic synthesis. (Distillation, TLC, extraction, recrystallization, handling technique for reactions). Learning spectroscopy to characterize the structure of organic compounds C: Students are requested to learn about the outline of this experimental study first, and then what is ceramics, how to prepare ceramics. Through an introductory experiments on ferrite ceramics, the representative properties of ferite ceramics are measured.
Class 2 M: X-ray diffraction 1: X-ray diffraction of single phases P: Organic synthesis and thin-layer chromatography C: Fundamental experiment: Powder synthesis M: Students shall understand the basics of crystal-structure analysis by diffraction phenomena and identify pure metals.practically. C: Characteristic properties of powders and their treatment techniques are learned as the fundamental knowledge on the ceramics processing
Class 3 M: X-ray diffraction 2: X-ray diffraction of multiple phases P: Isolation of organic compound by extraction C: Fundamental experiment: Chemical and thermal treatments of powders M: Students shall understand the application of X-ray diffcation to materials with microstructures by analyzing compositions of AlCu alloys. C: Experimental procedures on powder processings are learned.
Class 4 M: Electroconductivity 1: electroconductivity based on solid state electron theory P: Purification of organic compound by recrystallization C: Fundamental experiment: Heat treatment and analysis of ferrite powder M: Students shall understand the origin of the difference in electroconductivity of metals with different electronic states and impurity/dislocation density. C: Chemical reactions, control of phases and their identification methods are studied in the practical experiment procedures.
Class 5 M: Electroconductivity 2: electroconductivity of metals and semiconductors P: NMR and FT-IR to determine the structure of the organic compound C: Fundamental experiment: Forming or molding of ferrite powers M: Students shall understand the origin of the different temperature dependence in electroconductivity of metals and semiconductors. C: Fundamental and experimental technique of forming and molding of ceramics powders are studied.
Class 6 M: Experimental methods for pyrometric measurements P: Introduction to a polarized optical microscope C: Fundamental experiment: Sintering process of ferrite ceramics M: Students shall learn how to operate instruments for pyrometric measurements and principals for temperature measurement with thermocouples P: Measure retardations and refractive indices, and discuss its behavior. Explain birefringence, a phase transition of a liquid crystalline compound, and a principle of a liquid crystal display. C: Practical experimental knowledge on sintering process and procedures are studied.
Class 7 M: Thermal analysis and equilibrium phase diagram P: Observation of birefringence materials C: Fundamental experiment: Magnetization and evaluation of magnetic properties of prepared ferrite ceramics M: Students shall learn principals and methods of thermal analysis and how to read equilibrium phase diagram C: Magnetization process, its mechanism and its characterization are studied.
Class 8 M: Measurement of equilibrium oxygen partial pressure of a metallic oxide P: Isotropic-nematic phase transition in a liquid crystalline compound C: Planning the original experiment by group work (advanced experiment) M: Students shall learn method to measure equilibrium oxygen partial pressure of NiO and analyze thermodynamic functions C: Original issue on the ceramics materials are considered and an experiment plane is made in order to solve the issue by group work.
Class 9 M: Measurement of electrode potential of metal II: equilibrium electrode potential of cupper P: Freedericksz transition in a liquid crystal C: Advanced experiment: Preparation of the presentation of experimental plan and discussion M: Students shall learn method to measure equilibrium electrode potential of Cu in an aqueos CuSO4 C: Each group explains the target and detailed schedules of their plan to all the students, and discussed.
Class 10 M: Preparation of alloys: preparation of specimens for characterization of microstructure and measurement of mechanical properties P: Measurement of refractive indices of organic compounds C: Advanced experiment: Systhesis of raw materials (Details depend on the plan) M: Students shall understand safety protocol and learn melting and casting aluminium alloys practically. C: Each group starts the experimental procedures according to the plan.
Class 11 M: Microstructure obseravation: optical microscopy P: Measurements of frequency characteristics for RC circuits C: Advanced experiment: Characterization of synthesized materials using physical and chemical techniques M: Students shall learn techniques for microstructural observation by oprtical microscopy. P: Learning basic techniques for electronic measurements and fundamental knowledge concerned with characteristics for RLC circuits, principle of fuel cell and its characteristics and viscoelastic properties for materials in these 5 classes. C: Each group carries out the experimental procedures according to the plan.
Class 12 M: Characterization of microstrucrure: digital image analysis P: Measurements of dielectric constant for solvent by using resonant RLC circuits C: Advanced experiment: Phase analysis and evaluation of prepared ceramics M:Students shall learn editing method of digital images and how to characterize microstrucrture. C: Each group carries out the experimental procedures according to the plan.
Class 13 M: Measurement of mechanical properties: tensile test P: AC impedance measurements of equivalent circuits for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) C: Advanced experiment: Characterization of prepared ceramics - mechanical, electrical and/or magnetic properties M: Students shall learn how to measure mechanical properties of alloys. C: Each group carries out the experimental procedures according to the plan.
Class 14 M: Conclusions on microstructures, crystal structures, physical, chamical and mecnanical properties of metals and alloys P: AC impedance measurements for DMFC C: Advanced experiment: Analysis of experimental results, discussion and summary for the presentation M: Students shall understand physical, chamical and mecnanical properties, microstructures and crystal structures of metals and alloys together with relationship between these properties. Students shall deepen complihensive understanding of metallurgy. C: The obtained results are analyzed and summarized to show whether the issue of the experiments are solved or not. After the discussion, each group makes the presentation slides.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 50 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lab. course in material science (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

P: All reference books are listed in the textbook.
C: Other textbooks on the ceramics experiments will be introduced. Supporting documents for the experiments are also given in addition to the textbook.

Assessment criteria and methods

Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory. Assessment is based on the experiment procedures and presentations, the status of submission and the quality of written reports. Students may fail to take a credit if he/she repeatedly comes to class late or delay the submission of reports too often.

Related courses

  • MAT.M204 : Introduction of Metallurgy
  • LAS.C101 : Basic Inorganic Chemistry
  • MAT.A250 : Materials Science Laboratory I
  • MAT.A252 : Materials Science Laboratory III

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

Enrollment of related courses is recommended


Students will be divided into groups, and learn the above mentioned 45 themes by taking "Materials Science Laboratory (M, P, C) I", "Materials Science Laboratory (M, P, C) II" and "Materials Science Laboratory (M, P, C) III" throughout Q2, Q3 and Q4. Order of learning would be different.for each group of students.

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