2020 Soft Materials Functional Physics

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Hayamizu Yuhei 
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Course description and aims

This interdisciplinary course is designed to help the students to understand the newly emerging research resulting from the convergence of soft-materials science and nanoelectronics. Recent progress in nanotechnology allows us to use nanomaterials for bioelectronics including biosensing and bioimaging. In this field, the interface between nanomaterials and organic molecules is a key to produce functional applications. The students will gain the knowledge of recent progress in nanotechnology for biological applications. Especially, basis of physical properties of nanomaterials and its application for biosensing will be presented.

Student learning outcomes

The aim of this lecture is to understand physics of soft-materials in nanoscale and its application in bio-nanotechnology. First, overview of nanotechnology will be presented. Next, physics of nanomaterials and soft-materials will be discussed to make a further understanding for their application in sensing. Furthermore, the interface between biomolecules and nanomaterials will be discussed as a key technology for the functionalization of nanomaterials for bio-applications.


nanomaterials, biomolecules, biosensing

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Each student chooses and reads a recent technical paper related to "biosensing". Students discuss the mechanism of sensing and materials used in a sensor described in the paper. The lecture will proceed to answer questions students have.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of recent bionanotechnology Report about a recent technical paper related to "sensing"
Class 2 Introduction of sensing with nanomaterials
Class 3 Mechanisms of sensing
Class 4 Sensing techniques in devices
Class 5 Physical chemistry of low-dimensional nanomaterials I
Class 6 Physical chemistry of low-dimensional nanomaterials II
Class 7 Interface between biomolecules and nanomaterials bridging biology and electronics Report

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

homework and presentation

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

Fundamental understanding of physical chemistry

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