2017 Advanced Course in Macromolecular Materials II

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Osakada Kohtaro  Imaoka Takane 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the lecture] This course deals macromolecular chemistry focusing on the electronic properties together with their functionalities. Relationships with other chemistry fields (organic chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, chemical engineering and energy conversion) will also be discussed. Topics partly include frontier molecular sciences found in applications such as batteries, photovoltaics and light-emitting devices.
[Aim of the lecture] A goal of this course is understanding of the cutting-edge chemical science and technology through an interdisciplinary learning. In particular, this course aims to provide a basic paradigm including pai-conjugation, donor-acceptor charge transfer, required to understand and design conducting polymer materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) List up major conducting polymers and explain the conducting mechanisms.
2) Explain the mechanisms of solar cells and organic light-emitting dioldes in terms of the electrochemistry of pai-conjugating polymers.
3) Explain what is required to improve the device performances based on the material design.


conducting polymers, poly-acetylene, poly-aniline, solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

(1) Review on the basic macromolecular chemistry, (2) Introduction of some examples about macromolecular chemistry applications, (3) Homework assignment, (4) Discussions and workshops, (5) Descriptions about the workshops, (6) Checking the understanding

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Discovery of conducting polymers Explain the structures and characteristics of conducting polymers.
Class 2 Synthesis and properties of conducting polymers Explain the advantages and disadvantages of major synthetic methods for conducting polymers.
Class 3 Conducting mechanisms of polymers Explain the conducting mechanisms based on the carrier generation and migrations on a polymer.
Class 4 Photochemistry of conducting polymers Explain the absorption, excitation and electron transfer mechanisms based on the condction and valence bands.
Class 5 Electron transfer in conducting polymers Explain the electron transfer between neighboring redox centers.
Class 6 Polymer-based light-emitting diodes Explain the light-emitting mechanism of polymer-based OLED.
Class 7 Polymer-based photovoltaic devices Explain the photovoltaic mechanism of polymer-based solar cells.
Class 8 Electronic applications of polymers Explain the other electronic applications of polymers.


Course materials will be served in the class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be served in the class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of conducting polymers will be assessed.
Final exams 50%, exercise problems 50%.

Related courses

  • CAP.I539 : Advanced Course in Macromolecular Materials I

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

Having knowledge about basic macromolecular chemistry is preferred.

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