2022 Introduction of Advanced Materials

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Hayashi Tomohiro  Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Yoshimoto Mamoru  Matsuda Akifumi  Nakamura Kazutaka  Hiramatsu Hidenori  Tsuge Takeharu  Funakubo Hiroshi  Azuma Masaki  Yamamoto Takafumi  Sasagawa Takao  Oba Fumiyasu  Majima Yutaka  Kitano Masaaki  Hara Michikazu  Kamata Keigo  Kamiya Toshio  Katase Takayoshi  Kawaji Hitoshi 
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Lecture    (Face-to-face)
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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 Ultrafast spectroscopy Learn real-time observation of phonons with ultrashort laser pulses
Class 2 Elelctronic structures and materials design of oxide semiconductors Learn electronic structures specific to oxides with strong ionicity which will be required to design new functional materials
Class 3 intermolecular interactions at biointerfaces Understand intermolecular interactions to explain various interfacial phenomena such as adsorption, self-assembly, waterproof, etc.
Class 4 Materials design and exploration of optoelectronic semiconductors Learn materials design concepts and exploration methods to achieve required functionalities for optoelectronic semiconductors.
Class 5 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 6 Novel enegry hervester and green materials using functional thin films Understand energy hervestes.
Class 7 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 8 Catalysts and Material Science To understand advanced inorganic catalyst materials and their environment-friendly chemical process.
Class 9 Phase transition and functionality of materials Study the phase transitions in materials and the relationship with the functionality of materials
Class 10 Development of green processing and novel functionality of thin films and nanomaterials Study about advanced nano-/atomic-scale technology for development of novel electronic and energy materials.
Class 11 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 12 Single nanoscale materials and devices Fabrication methods of single nanoscale materials and their devices
Class 13 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 14 Bionedical engineering based on magnetic nanoparticles Learn biomedical engineering using magnetic fields and nanoparticles

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.



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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