2020 Soft Materials Physical Chemistry

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Ouchi Yukio 
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Course description and aims

This course covers the history and background of ionic liquids, contrasting ionic liquids and molecular liquids while giving an overview of the features of ionic liquids. The course will then focus on structural parameters for ionic liquids, and students will deepen their understanding of bulk structures and surface structures as well as distinctive electron structures. The course then covers properties and functions of ionic liquids, introducing the latest examples.

Student learning outcomes

[Objectives] By taking this course, students will gain an understanding of the structure, properties, and functions of ionic liquids that are gaining attention as next generation liquids, from a physical chemistry perspective.
[Topics] Ionic liquids are in the liquid phase, without a fixed shape, and have a high degree of structural formation possibilities that come with microscopically seen large-scale fluctuations. This property produces functions that differ greatly from the structure and physical properties of normal molecular liquids. We will attempt to further develop our understanding of material science, and gain a comprehensive understanding that encompasses quantum chemistry, thermal mechanics, chemical reactions, electrochemistry, and interfacial chemistry.


ionic liquid, solution chemistry, surface chemistry, electrochemistry, physical chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Course materials are provided beforehand. Before coming to class, students should check the course schedule and contents of the course materials. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Ionic liquid : historical background Homework is given in the class
Class 2 Concepts characteristics for ionic liquids Homework is given in the class
Class 3 Structure of ionic liquids (structure, surface structure, electronic structure) Homework is given in the class
Class 4 Physico-chemical properties of ionic liquids (dynamics) Homework is given in the class
Class 5 Physico-chemical properties of ionic liquids (reactions) Homework is given in the class
Class 6 Functions of ionic liquids (nano structure) Homework is given in the class
Class 7 Functions of ionic liquids (energy device, biological and environmental) Homework is given in the class

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.


Course materials can be found on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

P. Atkins, Physical Chemistry, Oxford

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework: 30%, Final exam.: 70%

Related courses

  • MAT.P203 : Physical Chemistry (Reaction Dynamics)
  • MAT.P204 : Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics)
  • MAT.P205 : Physical Chemistry (Phase Diagram)
  • MAT.P304 : Physical Chemistry (Electrochemistry)
  • MAT.P305 : Physical Chemistry (Statistical Mechanics)
  • MAT.P306 : Physical Chemistry (Surface)

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

No prerequisites

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