2024 Introduction of Ceramics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
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Tue7-8(S7-201)  Fri7-8(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

A substance becomes a material only when used for human beings. In particular, ceramics can use all the elements of the periodic table as constituent materials, and it is indispensable to Japan such as semiconductor electronic materials, glass optical materials, medical materials, environmental and energy materials, etc. In recent years it has also become a powerful tool for radioactive material disposal. In this class, we will teach you why ceramics represent such characteristics from basic science, and explain the basic research at university and the applied research at company.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students get the following knowledge of:
1) basic science of ceramics
2) function and application of ceramics
3) ceramics industry


ceramics, electric material, environmental material, biomaterial, energy material, materials informatics, artificial synthesis, anti-bacterial and antivirus material

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow


Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Introduction of the lecture
Class 2 Crystal structure and optical properties of ceramics Relationship between ceramics crystal structure and their optical properties will be explained.
Class 3 Process and ceramics for life Process and ceramics for life will be introduced.
Class 4 Technology Innovatoin and glass Glass materials and their technological innovations will be introduced.
Class 5 Inorganic solid catalyst Inorganic solid catalyst will be introduced.
Class 6 Dielectric materials Dielectric, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric ceramics used in electronic devices and other applications will be introduced.
Class 7 Magnetic materials Basic physical properties and functions of magnetic materials including magnetic ceramics will be introduced.
Class 8 Advanced measurement technology for ceramics Advanced measurement technology for ceramics will be introduced.
Class 9 Ceramics for Energy Nanoscale analysis methods will be introduced.
Class 10 Ceramics for environment Ceramics example for environmental issues will be introduced.
Class 11 Computational Materials Science and Materials Informatics Materials design and exploration based on computational and data science
Class 12 Transparent conducting films Transparent conducting films will be introduced.
Class 13 Bio-ceramics Bio-ceramics materials will be introduced.
Class 14 Severe environment material Materials necessary for harsh environment will be explained.

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.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Introduction to ceramics

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • MAT.C350 : Ceramics Laboratory I
  • MAT.C351 : Ceramics Laboratory II
  • MAT.C352 : Ceramics Laboratory III

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