2017 Soft Materials

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Nakajima Ken  Asai Shigeo 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
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Group
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Course number
MAT.P483
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
3-4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/10/23
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course is for students in Tokyo Tech-Tsinghua University joint graduate program. The course is held at Tsinghua University in Beijing and mainly deals with the fundamental concepts of soft materials. Since the instructors and the topics change every year, the course contents will be revised next year.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will acquire the following abilities:
1) Ability to explain analytical methods to characterize the structure of crystalline polymer by wide-angle X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering.
2) Ability to explain the method to measure the mechanical properties of polymers by means of atomic force microscopy.

Keywords

Wide-angle X-ray Diffraction, Small-angle X-ray Scattering, Structure Analysis of Crystalline Polymer, Atomic Force Microscopy, Entropic Elasticity, Rubber Elasticity, Composite Material

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: (1) Structural characterization of crystalline polymer by X-ray, (2) Mechanical properties characterization of polymers by atomic force microscopy.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic theory of X-ray diffraction Explain basic theory of X-ray diffraction.
Class 2 Measurement method for wide-angle X-ray diffraction Explain measurement method for wide-angle X-ray diffraction.
Class 3 Analytical methods of crystallite size and degree of crystallinity in polymer by wide-angle X-ray diffraction Explain analytical methods of crystallite size and degree of crystallinity in polymer by wide-angle X-ray diffraction.
Class 4 Analytical method of crystal orientation in polymer by wide-angle X-ray diffraction Explain analytical method of crystal orientation in polymer by wide-angle X-ray diffraction.
Class 5 Scattering theory and measurement method for small-angle X-ray scattering Explain scattering theory and measurement method for small-angle X-ray scattering.
Class 6 Analysis of crystalline higher-order structure in polymer by one-dimensional correlation function Explain analysis of crystalline higher-order structure in polymer by one-dimensional correlation function.
Class 7 Analytical methods of specific surface area and interface thickness by small-angle X-ray scattering Explain analytical methods of specific surface area and interface thickness by small-angle X-ray scattering.
Class 8 Basic of atomic force microscopy Explain the basic knowledge of atomic force microscopy
Class 9 Nanomechanics by atomic force microscopy Explain the method of nanomechanical analysis by atomic force microscopy
Class 10 Nanomechanics on a single polymer chain Explain nanomechanics of a single polymer chain and its theoretical background
Class 11 Nanomechanics of rubber elasticity Explain nanomechanics of rubber elasticity
Class 12 Nanomechanics of rubber reinforcement Explain nanomechanics of rubber reinforcement by fillers
Class 13 Nanomechanics of polymer alloys Explain nanomechanics of polymer alloys
Class 14 Nanoscale viscoelastic measurement Explain nanoscale viscoelastic measurement by atomic force microscopy
Class 15 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above 1st-14th lectures.

Textbook(s)

Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding (90%), level of class participation (10%) (The level of class participation will be evaluated by discussion, brief examination in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • ZSH.P403 : Advanced Course in Surface Properties of Organic Materials A
  • MAT.P401 : Organic Optical Materials physics
  • CAP.P411 : Advanced Polymer Synthesis I
  • CAP.P412 : Advanced Polymer Synthesis II

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

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

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