2020 Soft Materials

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Morikawa Junko  Satoh Kotaro 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
at Tsinghua Univ. (Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
MAT.P483
Credits
2
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3-4Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
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 every year. This year, the course will be divided into two: the former half will deal with thermophysical properties of soft materials and the latter half will be plastics in our daily life and their relationship with our environmental issues.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will acquire the following abilities:
1) Students will gain an understanding of the thermophysical properties of soft materials, methodology for measuring the thermohysical properties, and the related materials informatics.
2) Students will understand how the polymer material is produced and used in the daily life and how it will affect our environments.

Keywords

Thermal conductivity, Thermal diffusivity, Thermal analysis, Materials informatics, Polymer Synthesis, Plastics, Environmental issues

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) thermophysical properties of soft materials, (2) plastics in our daily life and their relationship with our environmental issues.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Thermophysical properties of soft materials (1) Explain the general concept of thermophysical properties of soft materials
Class 2 Thermophysical properties of soft materials (2) Explain the general concept of thermophysical properties of soft materials
Class 3 Methodology for measuring the thermophysical properties of soft materials (1) Explain the methodology for measuring the thermophysical properties of soft materials
Class 4 Methodology for measuring the thermophysical properties of soft materials (2) Explain the methodology for measuring the thermophysical properties of soft materials
Class 5 Thermal analysis of softmaterials (1) Explain the Thermal analysis of softmaterials
Class 6 Thermal analysis of softmaterials (2) Explain the Thermal analysis of softmaterials
Class 7 Materials informatics for the thermophysical properties of soft materials Explain the general background of the Materials informatics for the thermophysical properties of soft materials
Class 8 Plastics in Our Daily Life Explain the plastics in our daily life
Class 9 Relationship between Polymer Synthesis and Organic Chemistry Explain the relationship between polymer synthesis and organic chemistry
Class 10 How to Produce Polymers in Industry Explain how to produce polymers in industry
Class 11 Environmental Issues Relating to Polymers Explain environmental issues relating to polymers
Class 12 Bio-Degradable Polymer Explain bio-degradable polymer
Class 13 Bio-Based Polymer Explain bio-based polymer
Class 14 Polymer Recycling Explain polymer recycling

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.

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

  • CAP.P421 : Special Lecture on Characterization of Polymer Structures and Properties
  • CAP.P422 : Advanced Polymer Properties
  • CAP.P432 : Elements of Polymer Science II
  • MAT.P426 : Thermal Properties of Materials

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

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

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