2016 Advanced Course in Physical Properties of Organic Materials A

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kikutani Takeshi  Morikawa Junko  Ougizawa Toshiaki  Asai Shigeo  Shioya Masatoshi 
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Course description and aims

Physical properties of organic materials are not determined only by their chemical structures. Various factors such as the morphology, structure of the crystalline and amorphous regions, processing history of the method used to form the product and environmental conditions have significant influences on the physical properties. This course discusses various factors influencing the physical properties of organic/polymeric materials and fundamentals of the measurement and analysis of the physical properties.

Student learning outcomes

1. Polymer composite materials
2. Polymer alloys and processing
3. Properties of semi-crystalline polymers
4. Thermal properties of polymers
5. Fiber processing


polymer composites, polymer alloys, semicrystalline polymers, thermal properties, fiber processing

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understand the scope of this lecture.
Class 2 Properties of composite materials Understand the properties of composite materials.
Class 3 Fabrication of composite materials Understand the fabrication of composite materials.
Class 4 Carbon fiber reinforced composite materials Understand the carbon fiber reinforced composite materials.
Class 5 Applications of Polymer Alloys Understand the applications of polymer alloys.
Class 6 Morphology Formation and Morphology-Properties Relationship in Polymer Alloys Understand the morphology formation and morphology-properties relationship in polymer alloys.
Class 7 Interface between Different Polymers Understand the Interface between Different Polymers.
Class 8 Filler dispersion and electrical properties of polymer composites filled with nano-carbon Understand theFiller dispersion and electrical properties of polymer composites filled with nano-carbon


not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on the report submitted.

Related courses

  • ZSH.P406 : Advanced Course in Physical Properties of Organic Materials B

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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