2024 Soft Materials

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kojima Chie  Imaoka Takane  Nakajima Ken 
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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 (or possibly via Zoom) 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 the former half will deal with polymer biomaterials and the latter half will be synthesis of dendritic polymers and their properties and catalytic applications.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will acquire the following abilities:
1) Students will understand and explain biocompatible polymers and their biomedical applications.
2) Students will understand and explain the synthesis of dendritic polymer dendrimers and their structure-based properties.


Biocompatible polymers, nanomedicne, medical devices, cell scaffolds, dendrimers, encapsulation effect, macromolecule-metal complexes, nanoparticle and subnanoparticles

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) biocompatible polymers and their biomedical applications, (2) synthesis, characterization and application of dendritic polymers.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Synthetic polymers vs biopolymers Explain differences of synthetic polymers and biopolymers
Class 2 Biocompatible polymers and their hydration behaviors Explain properties of biocompatible polymers and their hydration behaviors
Class 3 Applications to medical devices Explain applications of biocompatible polymers to medical devices
Class 4 Applications as cell scaffolds Explain applications of biocompatible polymers as cell scaffold
Class 5 Applications to drug delivery systems Explain applications of biocompatible polymers to drug delivery system
Class 6 Applications to imaging and diagnosis Explain applications of biocompatible polymers to imaging and diagnosis
Class 7 Applications to nanomedicine Explain applications of biocompatible polymers to nanomedicine
Class 8 History of dendritic polymers Explain types, synthetic methods, and characteristics of dendritic polymers
Class 9 Structure of dendritic polymers Explain dendrimer topology and conformation in solution
Class 10 Coordination chemistry of dendritic polymers Explain the distinctive coordination chemistry of dendrimers
Class 11 Electrochemistry of dendritic polymers Explain electron transfer and redox through the dendrimer backbone
Class 12 Catalytic applications of dendritic polymers Explain catalytic applications of dendrimers and their metal complexes
Class 13 Template synthesis of nanoparticles and clusters Explain template synthesis of nanoparticles and clusters using dendrimers
Class 14 Structure and properties of nanoparticles and clusters Explain the structure and catalytic properties of microscopic nanoparticles and clusters

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.


Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials used in class can be found on T2SCHORA.

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.P494 : Advanced Nano Science
  • MAT.M421 : Advanced Course of Quantum Chemistry
  • CAP.I427 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • MAT.C412:Polymeric Biomaterials
  • CAP.I426:Introduction to Polymer Science
  • CAP.I437:Introduction to Polymer Physical Properties

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

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

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