2022 Materials Engineering and Ecology

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Yamamoto Kayoko  Ishii Satoko  Kunioka Masao  Yoshida Kazuo  Saito Satoshi  Suwa Yorimasa  Maeda Seiji  Sasaki Yoshizumi 
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Course description and aims

The current status and prospects of the rapidly developing materials industry will be presented, and the relationship of the materials industry to society as a whole, including environmental, resource and energy policies and the risk assessment and safety of chemical substances, will be examined from the following perspectives.
(1) Hydrogen energy (2) Renewable energy (3) CO2 recovery technology (4) Chemical recycling (5) Bioplastics         
(vi) Environmental measurement (vii) Environmental issues and materials engineering in the press (viii) Environmental issues and international standardisation 

Student learning outcomes

The basic understanding of the intercorrelation between environmental/energy issues and the materials engineering and sciences

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The lecture provides practical engineering education in collaboration with industries.


Carbon dioxide capture technology, Bioplastics, Technical communication, Renewable energy, Risk assessment, Environmental-sound technologies, Sustainable Polymer Technologies

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Hydrogen energy (Maeda) Understand the basics of the hydrogen energy.
Class 2 Renewable energy (Yoshida) 1. World energy supply/demand particularly focus on renewable energy. 2. Solar thermal energy technology Part 1. Energy supply and development trend of renewable energy are reviewed from the viewpoints of environmental issues. In addition, solar thermal energy supply technology is explained particularly focusing on the technology using parabolic curve. 3. High temperature thermal storage system technology. Solar thermal energy supply system using off axis reflection and thermal energy storage system are reviewed. Understand chemical hazards and principles behind chemical risk assessment and management.
Class 3 To stop global warming, we have to realize a "low-carbon society". Measures to reduce the CO2 emission cannot be taken without high-performance materials and process. The role of materials for energy systems and for technology of climate change mitigation would be learned. -Energy situation in and outside Japan and issues to be solved -Electricity sector tackling reduction of CO2 emission -Need for Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage -Other CO2 reduction technologies (Hydrogen, Super critical CO2 power cycle) Understand the basics of the "low-carbon society".
Class 4 Chemical recycling (Sasaki) Understand the basics of the "chemical recycling".
Class 5 Bioplastics (Kunioka) Bioplastics include biodegradable plastics which can be degraded to CO2 in controlled environment and biobased plastics which is produced from biomass resources. Kinds and trends of bioplastics in global market will be introduced. The reason why bioplastics are environmentally friendly materials will be explained. Point of this lecture is understanding what is bioplastics including biodegradable plastics and biobased plastics.
Class 6 Risk assessment and management of chemicals for the proper management of chemicals (Ishii) This lecture will follow a general introduction to human health risk assessment and four basic steps of risk assessment: hazard identification, hazard characterization, exposure assessment and risk characterization.
Class 7 Environmental issues and materials engineering in the press. (Yamamoto) Understand the technical communications between the research scientist and the society.
Class 8 Environmental issues and international standardisation (Suwa) Understand the Environmental-sound technologies from both the standardization and intellectual property rights.

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.


Materials used in the Web class can be found on line,

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on the report submitted.

Related courses

  • CAP.I433 : Advanced Functional Polymer Materials I
  • MAT.P423 : Advanced Course in Composite Materials

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

Not required

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