2020 Advanced Course of Material Development II

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kawaji Hitoshi  Azuma Masaki  Matsuda Akifumi  Das Hena 
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Tue3-4(J234)  Fri3-4(J234)  
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Course description and aims

This is an introductory course on materials science (solid state physics), with emphasis on the crystal structure, and the physical properties of materials. After studying the basics, lectures are extended to recent topics and progress in the field of materials with novel functions.
Students can enhance their knowledge of the physics for material research and learn about some recent research examples of functional materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the basics of thermal properties of solid.
2) Understand the mechanism of the phase transitions in the materials.
3) Understand the relations between various functions of transition metal oxides and charge, spin and orbital degree of freedoms.
4) Understand the basics and applications of crystallography.
5) Understand the applications of materials in the electronics and Energy harvesting technologies.
6) Understand the techniques for atomic-scale materials control.


functional materials, thin films and nano materials, transition metal oxides, crystal structure, thermal properties, energy conversion

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course is mainly composed of lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Thermal Properties of Materials Study the concepts of thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and heat capacity of materials.
Class 2 Various Thermal Excitations in Materials and Thermal Properties Study the relation between various kinds of thermal excitations and the thermal properties in solids.
Class 3 Various Phase Transitions in Solids Study the variety of phase transitions in solids.
Class 4 Introduction to Phase Transition Mechanism in Solids Study the mechanism of some typical phase transitions in solids.
Class 5 Introduction to Transition Metal Oxides 1 Study the relation between various functions of transition metal oxides and charge, spin and orbital degree of freedoms.
Class 6 Introduction to Transition Metal Oxides 2 Study the relation between various functions of transition metal oxides and charge, spin and orbital degree of freedoms.
Class 7 Description of Crystal Structure Draw a crystal structure based on the structural parameters and International Tables for Crystallography Vol. A
Class 8 Materials simulation using Density Functional Theory (DFT) – Basic Concepts In the first lecture, we plan to outline the historical development of DFT and the basic concepts underlying this theory. The various forms of exchange-correlation functional and their comparative review will be presented here.
Class 9 Materials simulation using Density Functional Theory (DFT) – Applications In the second lecture, we shall discuss the plane-wave pseudopotential technique, which is one of the most successful techniques to employ DFT for practical calculations. Next, we shall elaborate upon various applications of DFT in materials simulation.
Class 10 Materials simulation using Density Functional Theory (DFT) – Limitations In the final lecture, we shall continue discussion on the applications of DFT in materials simulation. The presentation will be concluded with a discussion on various limitations of DFT and post-DFT methods.
Class 11 Nanomaterials for electronics and energy conversion techniques Learn about materials technologies for electronics and energy harvesting.
Class 12 Functional ceramic thin films/nanostructures and its fabrication techniques Understand the size dependent materials property and its contribution to electronics and energy.
Class 13 Self-assembly formation of functional nanostructures Learn about fabrication and preparation techniques of functional ceramics nanomaterials for electronics and energy applications.
Class 14 Atomic-scale materials control Understand typical nanopatterning processes and self-assembly techniques of nanomaterials. Consider the possibilities of controlling materials structure and morphology in atomic-scale for future electronics and energy harvesting.

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.


Text book specified by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods


Related courses

  • MAT.C502 : Advanced Course of Material Development I

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




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