2021 Ceramics Laboratory III

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Matsushita Nobuhiro  Yamaguchi Akira  Hubarevich Hanna  Kishi Tetsuo  Kubota Yuta  Shiraishi Takahisa  Yasuhara Sou 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Tue5-8(S7-202, S7-204, S7-209)  Fri5-8(S7-202, S7-204, S7-209)  
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Course description and aims

This experiment course aims to learn the properties and evaluation techniques of dielectric and electric properties of bulk ceramics. The students are expected also to learn about the relationships of these properties with structure, chemical composition and physical properties. Processing techniques are also included. In the advanced step, the students can make their own experimental plan on the synthesis and evaluation of ceramics materials concerning with the properties learned in the fundamental step.

Student learning outcomes

Learn about the fundamentals on the experiments concerning with dielectric and electric properties of ceramic materials. Planning of the original experiments is for growing the students' potential of planning, practice, presentation etc for materials researcher.


bulk ceramics, ferroelectrics, dielectric constant, electric conductivity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

All the experimental works will be done by group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic lecture to conduct experiments Fundamental experiment 1: Weighing of starting materials, mixing procedure, calcination Understand the contents and significance of this experiment Learn about the treatment of starting materials for synthesis
Class 2 Fundamental experiment 2: Molding of barium titanate powder Learn about grinding, molding, and sintering of powder
Class 3 Fundamental experiment 3: Identification of crystal phase Learn how to identify crystal phases
Class 4 Fundamental experiment 4: Density measurement and electrode formation Learn about density measurement and electrode formation method
Class 5 Fundamental experiment 5: Evaluation of lattice constant and electric characteristics Understand the relationship between the crystal structure and electrical properties of barium titanate
Class 6 Fundamental experiment 6: Measurement of temperature dependence of dielectric constant and conductivity Understand the phase transition of barium titanate
Class 7 Planning of the advanced experiment Make plans for advanced experiment.
Class 8 Advanced experiment 1 Presentation of the advanced experiment plan
Class 9 Advanced experiment 2 Perform experiments based on experimental plan
Class 10 Advanced experiment 3 Perform experiments based on experimental plan
Class 11 Advanced experiment 4 Perform experiments based on experimental plan
Class 12 Advanced experiment 5 Perform experiments based on experimental plan
Class 13 Advanced experiment 6 Perform experiments based on experimental plan
Class 14 Presentation discussion: Presentation of results of advance experiment Present the experimental results, deepen the discussion

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 50 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


The text book, "Ceramics experiments 2021" will be provided.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Fundamental lecture course 1: Ceramics experiments; Uchida-rokaku-ho
Other documents will be provided.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are requested to join and carry out all the experiments, and do the proposed tasks to judge their knowledge on the experiments and ceramics.

Related courses

  • MAT.P215 : Inorganic Chemistry
  • MAT.P301 : Solid State Physics (Lattice)
  • MAT.P303 : Solid State Physics (Electrons)

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

Students are recommended to learn about the fundamental knowlegde on ceramic materials in 1st or 2nd year.

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