2023 Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering III

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Sugime Hisashi  Ichikawa Isao 
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Lecture    (Blended)
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Intensive ()  
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Course description and aims

[Outline] In this lecture, researchers at the forefront of applied chemistry will introduce their research results from basic to applied chemistry in order to train students to be chemists who understand the fundamental properties and reactivity of materials at the atomic and molecular level, and who have mastered advanced chemical engineering systems and their applications in the design and conversion of useful materials.
[Objective] We aim to acquire a broad knowledge of researchers who are active at the forefront of applied chemistry field concerning research from basic to applied.

Student learning outcomes

Learn the following abilities by taking this lecture.
(1) Explain basic properties and reactivity of materials at atomic and molecular level.
(2) Explain the advanced chemical engineering systems on the design of useful materials.
(3) Explain a wide range of knowledge about functional materials of polymers and nanocarbons, from basic to applied research.


Basic properties, atoms / molecules, materials, chemical technology, applied chemistry, polymer, phase separation, adhesive technology, carbon nanotube, graphene, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, electrochemical biosensor

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Two lecturers will give intensive lectures for two days each.
First half (On site):
Dr. Isao Ichikawa, “Functionalization and Application of Polymeric Materials Using Phase-Separated Structures”
Second half (Zoom):
Dr. Hisashi Sugime, “Controlled Synthesis of Nanocarbon Materials and Their Application to Electrochemical Biosensors”

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. By blending different materials and causing phase separation, functions that cannot be achieved with a single component can be achieved. In this lecture, the phase separation phenomenon and the feature of its structure will be explained. That is important as design approach for polymeric materials. And the local morphology observation method and various image analysis methods will be introduced as a means of quantifying structure. In addition, several research examples will be explained to help understand how phase-separated structures contribute to the functionalization of materials. 2. Nanocarbon materials have excellent properties such as high electrical conductivity and large specific surface area, and are expected to be applied in various applications in next-generation technologies. In this lecture, we will introduce the catalyst design and growth mechanism from the viewpoint of thermodynamics and kinetics based on examples of carbon nanotube and graphene growth by chemical vapor deposition. The lecture will discuss the relationship between process, structure, and function in the synthesis and application of nanomaterials, using the example of electrochemical biosensors made of carbon nanotubes. (1) Explain the phenomena and structural characteristics of polymer phase separation. (2) Explain the properties and applications of polymeric materials with phase-separated structures. (3) Explain the growth mechanism of nanocarbons by dry process. (4) Explain the properties and applications of nanocarbon materials.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Attendance will be checked in every class. Full attendance is required in principle. Grades will be based on exercises in classes or reports.

Related courses

  • CAP.P421 : Special Lecture on Characterization of Polymer Structures and Properties
  • CAP.I437 : Introduction to Polymer Physical Properties
  • CAP.P522 : Advanced Polymer Structures
  • CAP.C424 : Advanced Reaction Process Engineering
  • ENR.H411 : Topics in Applied Electrochemistry
  • HCB.A561 : Nanobio Materials and Devices

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

No prerequisites.


Date and Time
First half: 1/18 (Thu) 15:25-17:05, 1/24 (Wed) 13:30-17:05 (Dr. Ichikawa, LINTEC Corporation)
Second half: 1/31 (Wed) 13:30-17:05, 2/1 (Thu) 13:30-15:10 (Dr. Sugime, Kindai University)
*Details will be provided by the contact faculty.

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