2024 Inorganic Materials Chemistry A

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Kubouchi Masatoshi  Yokoi Toshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

The applied chemistry field includes the field of inventing and producing materials. A fundamental approach to materials is crucial in inventing new materials and making full use of them. Understanding the crystal structure and phase diagram of solids—of organic and metallic materials in addition to inorganic ones—is important in understanding the mechanical properties, reinforcement, and deterioration of materials.

Student learning outcomes

[Student learning outcomes] A learning outcome of this course is that students will be able to understand the crystal structures of solids and phase diagrams of solid materials as the basic foundation for working with inorganic, organic, and metallic materials. They will also understand the basics of material deterioration, especially metal corrosion. Further, they will have acquired ways of thinking about the theoretical strength of materials and how to strengthen them, as well as deterioration and how to prevent it, based on their understanding of crystal structures and phase diagrams. They will be able to use materials created in the field of applied chemistry in practical applications.
[Theme] The goal of this course is to give students the understanding of the crystal structures of solids and the way to think of phase diagrams of solid materials and to build the foundation for them to use this knowledge in fields of applied chemistry. Students will also understand and acquire the basics of material strength and deterioration.


Composite, primary bonding, secondary bonding, Bravais lattice, phase equilibrium, phase diagram, invariant reaction, isothermal transformation, eutectic, eutectoid, ferrite, austenite, cementite, pearlite, bainite, martensite, defect, dislocation, toughness, theoretical strength, precipitation hardening, stress induced transformation, electro chemical, standard electrode potential, Pourbaix diagram, passivity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Seventy to eighty percent of each lecture will be spent explaining the subject. Exercise problems or homework will be assigned to foster certain understanding and application skills of the lecture subject.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of material science, variety and feature of materials Specific strength
Class 2 Solid bonding, atomic arrangement, and crystals Crystal lattices
Class 3 Phase diagrams, phase equilibrium, and invariant reactions Phase rule, phase diagrams
Class 4 Deformation and fracture of solid, strengthening Transformation in hypo- and hyper-eutectoid steel and thermal treatment
Class 5 Deformation and fracture of solid, strengthening Fiber reinforcement, theoretical strength
Class 6 Corrosion and corrosion protection Corrosion
Class 7 Exercise problems to assess the studentsʼ level of understanding and interpretation of the answers The exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate oneʼs own progress

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.


The texts/materials are provided by uploaded on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

R. J. D. Tilley, "Understanding Solids: The Science of Materials", 2nd Ed., Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-118-42328-8.
The other course materials are provided during class and uploaded on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are evaluated on their understanding level of crystals, phase diagrams, material strength and degradation through the exercises or required learning assignments.

Related courses

  • CAP.A275 : Inorganic Chemistry (Solid State Chemistry)
  • CAP.C531 : Advanced Chemical Equipment Design
  • CAP.A462 : Advanced Solid State Chemistry II
  • CAP.C321 : Chemical Equipment Design

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


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Masatoshi Kubouchi: kubouchi.m.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Toshiyuki Yokoi: yokoi[at]cat.res.titech.ac.jp



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