Understanding the principle of experiments and the obtained meanings of the properties by the experiments is essential in material science and engineering. The learning of fundamental skills of chemical and physical measurement operation is required for the correct and safe experiments. In this experiment course, the following topics will be covered: measurement and discussion of physical properties of conducting polymers; explanation of fundamental properties of a superconductor; retrieval and read requisite articles written in English; learning measurement method to evaluate physical properties of a polymer film; understanding status of the film based on the obtained data; getting knowledge of basic preparation and evaluation methods of thin solid films; learning the measurement method for surface/interface and understanding the relationship between macroscopic property and microscopic structure of material surfaces/interfaces. The safety training programs for experiments will be also learned.
The aims of this course are to make students get the basics for organic and polymeric materials through the learning of experimental operations, principles and comparison between the theoretical and experimental data, in order to improve their skills and understandings from the viewpoints of general education covering the wide area from the basics to the advanced research of science and engineering.
Additionally, the number of students may be restricted due to the limitation of a laboratory space. The learning quarters and orders could be also changed. Students can learn whole themes in Experiments of Organic and Polymeric Materials I, II and III in a different order, by taking all courses of Experiments of Organic and Polymeric Materials at 1st, 3rd and 4th quarters.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. acquire fundamental skills of chemical and physical measurement operations,
2. understand the chemical reactions and analysis,
3. understand the meanings of measured properties and their principles,
4. understand the relation between the conditions of sample preparation and their properties,
5. understand the experimental methods, data analysis and discussion based on obtained data, and learning the basics for more advanced experiments.
Organic and polymeric materials, material engineering, experiment, operation of chemical experiment, analysis method, property measurement
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students work in teams throughout this course and conduct a series of experimental themes. The learning quarters and orders could be also changed. Students can learn whole themes in Experiments of Organic and Polymeric Materials I, II and III in a different order, by taking all courses of Experiments of Organic and Polymeric Materials at 1st, 3rd and 4th quarters. Written reports must be submitted by designated dates. Students must read the experiment text before the start of each experiment to ensure safety and smooth running.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Safety training program 3 (risk assessment, X-ray and laser)|
|Class 2||Synthesis and properties of conducting polymers||Measure and discuss physical properties of conducting polymers. Explain fundamental properties of a superconductor. Retrieve and read requisite articles written in English.|
|Class 3||Conducting polymers as an electrode for a battery|
|Class 4||Introduction to superconductivity|
|Class 5||Literature search|
|Class 6||Measurement of mechanical properties of polymer film||Learning measurement method to evaluate physical properties of a polymer film. Understanding status of the film based on the obtained data.|
|Class 7||Measurement of thermal properties of polymer film|
|Class 8||Measurement of orientation behavior of polymer film during elongation|
|Class 9||Effects of elongation and crystallization on physical properties of polymer film|
|Class 10||Fundamentals of solid film preparation methods||Getting knowledge of basic preparation and evaluation methods of thin solid films. Learning the advanced measurement method for surface and interface and understanding the relationship between macroscopic property and microscopic structure of material surfaces and interfaces.|
|Class 11||Solid film preparation and evaluation|
|Class 12||Synthesis and evaluation of a new liquid material "ionic liquid"|
|Class 13||Structural analysis of solid film and ionic liquid surfaces|
|Class 14||Safety training program 4 (electronics, mechanics, high pressure gas and liquid nitrogen)|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 50 minutes preparing for class and another 50 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
SAFETY HANDBOOK, Tokyo Institute of Technology (in Japanese)
Course texts are provided during class.
Full attendance and completion of all experiments are compulsory. Assessment is based on the quality of the written reports and on the status of submission thereof. Students may fail the course if they repeatedly come late to classes or often delay the submission of reports.
No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.