2018 Advanced Course in Surface Properties of Organic Materials A

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Mori Takehiko  Ouchi Yukio  Ishikawa Ken  Matsumoto Hidetoshi 
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Course description and aims

For understanding of fundamental properties of organic functional materials, fundamental concepts of surface, interface, state of matter and optical properties are lectured.

Student learning outcomes

Understand important concepts necessary to design organic functional materials.


Liquid crystal, Birefringence, Polarized light, Solid/liquid interfaces, Polymer nanomaterials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve. 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 Liquid crystal as intermediate phases
Class 2 Physics of nematic liquid crystal
Class 3 Optics of birefringent materials
Class 4 Liquid crystal displays
Class 5 Solid/liquid Interfaces I Understand diffusion double layer, Poisson-Boltzmann equation, and surface forces.
Class 6 Solid/liquid Interfaces II Understand surface tension and wetting behavior.
Class 7 Nanotechnology and Polymer Nanomaterials Understand fundamentals of nanotechnology and polymer nanomaterials.
Class 8 Fundamentals of Polymeric Nanofibers Understand polymeric nanofibers.


Jacob N. Israelachvili, Intermolecular and Surface Forces (3rd Ed.), Chapters 14 and 17, ISBN: 978-0-12-375182-9

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 exercise problems.

Related courses

  • MAT.P464 Advanced Course in Surface 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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