2023 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 the concept of click chemistry, which 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. In addition, an overview of the history, environmental-benign synthesis, and electronic and photonic device applications of organic semiconducting polymers are also explained.

Student learning outcomes

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


Click chemistry, functional polymers, polymer synthesis, organic semiconducting polymers, electronic devices, photonic devices

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 of 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.

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 materials.


No textbook

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in classes are supplied on T2SCHOLA.

Assessment criteria and methods

Drills and report

Related courses

  • MAT.P413 : Soft Materials Functional Chemistry
  • MAT.P416 : Soft Materials Chemistry
  • MAT.P492 : Advanced Course in Organic Polymer Science

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

Not required.

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