2019 Functional Devices

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Funakubo Hiroshi 
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Mon3-4(B223)  Thr3-4(B223)  
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Course description and aims

In addition to the perspective of applying material properties to devices, this course also covers what properties are desired, and material design for materials with all sorts of properties. The instructor lectures about each aspect of advanced electronics, photonics, and devices that are either in practical use or development such as their materials, production process, and applications such that students can learn about the thought processes involved in development. The course deals with optically and electronically functional materials from the perspective of dielectrics and magnetic bodies, free from categories such as semiconductors and metals, concentrating mainly on items that fall under nanotechnology with forms ranging from bulks to thin film and fine particles, allowing students to discern the direction of future device development. The instructor offers familiar devices such as memory, capacitors, permanent magnets, sensors, and actuators as examples.
The purpose of this course is for students to understand the operating principles of functional devices such as memory, energy conversion devices, etc. that use dielectrics or magnetic bodies that are either in practical use or in development, as well as how the properties of the constituent materials are involved. It is important for students to acquire knowledge related to trends in the research and development of advanced devices, properties, and materials, as well as to understand the importance of material development for device creation.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) understand the basic of dielectric and magnetic properties and the devices based on dielectric and magnetic properties,
2) learn the trend to develop cutting-edge devices,
3) set issues based on future devices and find their solutions.


Dielectric materials, magnetic materials, electronic devices

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The topic changes every class. A lesson and discussion are held in each class.
Attend every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamental of magnetism (1) ferromagnetics Students will understand fundamental properties of ferromagnetic materials required to study magnetic devices.
Class 2 Fundamental of magnetism (2) ferromagnetic anisotroy and domain structure Students will understand magnetic anisotropy and magnetic domain in ferromagnetic materials required to study magnetic devices.
Class 3 Preparation and characterization of magnetic particles Students will understand fabrication and characterization methods of ferromagnetic thin films and nanoparticles used in magnetic devices.
Class 4 Magnetic memory devices Students will understand recording mechanism and fundamental magnetic properties for storage media in hard disk drives.
Class 5 Magnetic sensor and spintronics Students will understand magnetic sensors used in hard disk drives and electronic devices.
Class 6 Magnetic devices for healthcare and biomedical applications Students will understand magnetic devices using nanoparticles for healthecare and biomedical applications.
Class 7 Magnetic devices for environmental and energy applications Students will understand magnetic devices to solve energy-related issues.
Class 8 Summary of magnetic materials and devices Lectures on magnetic materials and devices are summarized.
Class 9 Fundamental of Dielectrics Students will understand fundamental of dielectric property.
Class 10 Capacitor devices Students will understand fundamental of the devices using capacitors.
Class 11 Integrated capacitor devices Students will understand fundamental of the devices using integrated capacitors.
Class 12 Memory devices Students will understand fundamental of the memory devices.
Class 13 Piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices Students will understand fundamental of the piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices.
Class 14 Piezoelectric and pyroelectric MEMS devices Students will understand fundamental of the integrated piezoelectric and pyroelectric devices.
Class 15 Optical Devices using Dielectric Materials Students will understand fundamental of the optical devices using dielectric materials.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assesment is based on final test (70%) and report (30%) in view of electrical and electronic devices using dielectric and magnetic devices.

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  • MAT.C403 : Advanced Course of Ceramic Thin Film Technology

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

None required.

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