2021 Introduction to Organic Materials

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Mori Takehiko  Ishikawa Ken  Hayakawa Teruaki  Ouchi Yukio  Ougizawa Toshiaki  Vacha Martin  Matsumoto Hidetoshi  Shioya Masatoshi  Sagara Yoshimitsu  Morikawa Junko  Asai Shigeo  Hayamizu Yuhei  Michinobu Tsuyoshi 
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Tue7-8(S621)  Fri7-8(S621)  
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Course description and aims

Organic materials support our daily life as fibers, plastics, rubbers, wood, papers, and foods. They include informative materials used in liquid crystals and organic electroluminescence displays, electronic materials such as conducting and semiconducting molecules, medical materials such as artificial organs, and energy materials used in organic solar cells and fuel cells. Cutting-edge technology is based on all these materials. In this course, students will learn the synthesis and fundamental properties of organic materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Gain the fundamental knowledge about organic materials.
2) Understand the functions of organic materials.
3) Learn industrial applications of organic materials.


Organic and polymeric materials, materials engineering, organic synthesis, analysis methods, property measurements

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture is an omnibus format by 12 faculty members, introducing basics and state-of-the-art research topics in organic materials science.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Explanation of course content
Class 2 Structure and properties in polymer alloys, blends and composites
Class 3 Organic materials for display and energy-harvesting devices
Class 4 Structure and property of polymers and polymer composites
Class 5 Nano-structure and novel properties of ionic liquids
Class 6 Self-organized functional materials and polymer thin films
Class 7 Nanoscale properties of organic materials via luminescence of single molecules
Class 8 Molecular materials for organic superconductors and field-effect transistors
Class 9 External Stimuli-responsive luminescent materials
Class 10 Thermophysical properties of organic materials
Class 11 Synthesis of organic semiconducting polymers
Class 12 Functional design of polymeric nanofibers
Class 13 Engineering bio-nano interfaces
Class 14 Exercise

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

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 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.


Specified by an instructor as necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by an instructor as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student’s course scores are based on a report.

Related courses

  • MAT.P350 : Organic Materials Laboratory I
  • MAT.P351 : Organic Materials Laboratory II
  • MAT.P352 : Organic Materials Laboratory III

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


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