2018 Soft Materials Function

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Michinobu Tsuyoshi 
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Course description and aims

Organic polymeric materials are an important soft material which supports the next generation industry. This course provides an overview of the history, environmental-benign synthesis, and electronic and photonic device applications of organic semiconducting polymers. Also, the concept of click chemistry has recently attracted much attention from the viewpoint of efficiently producing functional polymeric materials. The important chemical reactions classified as click chemistry are introduced, and the use in polymer syntheses is explained.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Grasp the basic concept of organic semiconducting polymers and soft materials.
2) Understand the design and synthesis of functional polymeric materials by using click chemistry.
3) Know the evaluation methods of organic device performances.


Organic semiconductors, polymer synthesis, electronic devices, photonic devices, click chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Two-thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. To allow students to get a good understanding of the course contents and practical application, recent literature related to the contents of this course is searched.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Click Chemistry Understand the concept and research fields of click chemistry.
Class 2 Polymer Synthesis Using Click Chemistry Explain the polymer synthesis using click chemistry.
Class 3 Properties of Polymers Synthesized by Click Chemistry Explain the properties of polymers synthesized by click chemistry.
Class 4 Application of Click Chemistry to Functional Materials Apply the concept of click chemistry to designing functional materials.
Class 5 Properties of Organic Semiconducting Polymers Understand the properties and organic semiconducting polymers, and explain the practical applications.
Class 6 Synthesis of Organic Semiconducting Polymers Explain the history and synthesis of organic semiconducting polymers.
Class 7 Electronic Devices of Organic Semiconducting Polymers Explain the electronic devices of organic semiconducting polymers.
Class 8 Photonic Devices of Organic Semiconducting Polymers Explain the photonic devices of organic semiconducting polymers.


No textbook

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in classes are supplied on OCW-i.

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Related courses

  • MAT.P411 : Soft Materials Chemistry I
  • MAT.P412 : Soft Materials Chemistry II
  • MAT.P413 : Soft Materials Functional Chemistry

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

Not required.

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