2023 Material and Molecular Engineering J

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Takahashi Kunio  Otomo Junichiro 
Class Format
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Tue1-2(S3-215(S321))  Fri1-2(S3-215(S321))  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to teach the basics of quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics of atomic interactions, and explain its relation to the material properties of metallic materials, semiconductor, insulator, polymer, ceramics etc.

Student learning outcomes

After studying this subject, the students should be able to:
1. acquire the basic knowledge of atomic/molecular interactions in engineering materials which is very essential in determining the material properties.
2. apply their knowledge to select material properties, understand how they can be manipulated, and determine what processes that best meet the requirement of an engineering design.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Prof. Cross has work experience in a Japanese corporation as a researcher


Quantum mechanics, stastitical mechanics, crystal structures, material properties

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture is focused on understanding of mechanisms of material properties based on the principle (natural law). For the logical understanding, exercises are held at the beginning of lecture, in order to confirm the contents of the previous lecture. Understanding in the class is significant for the further understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of quantum mechanics To understand Schrödinger equation in the system of natural science to utilize the quantum mechanics.
Class 2 Isolated hydrogen atom To understand analytic solution of Schrödinger equation under Born-Oppenheimer approximation to understand the mechanism of spectral line shape, etc..
Class 3 Electron configuration and the line spectrum To understand that the electronic configuration corresponds to the material properties and analyses
Class 4 Basics of atomic bonding (quantum chemistry) To understand atomic interaction. Ionic bond, Covalent bond, and Metallic bond can be derived from a principle usiing LCAO concept
Class 5 Comprehensive understanding of materials properties based on the basic of atomic bonding To understand the relation of atomic bonding and materials properties
Class 6 Statisical Mechanics Statisical Mechanics
Class 7 Material/molecular structure and properties: Electrical perspective To understand the mechanisim of electrical properties of materials
Class 8 Material/molecular structure and properties: Mechanical perspective To understand the mechanisim of of mechanical properties of materials
Class 9 Atomic and Crystal students of Materials Atomic and Crystal students of Materials
Class 10 Heat Transfer within materials Heat transfer processes within materials
Class 11 Biomaterials Biomaterials
Class 12 Material/molecular structure and properties: Chemical perspective Material/molecular structure and properties: Chemical perspective
Class 13 Material Phase Change and Smart Materials Material Phase Changes and Smart Materials
Class 14 Energy storage materials To understand how energy can be stored in materials

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.


Callister, W.D. "Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction", John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Smith, W. F., " Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering", 4th edition, McGraw-Hill. (2006)
Atkins, P., Paula, J. D., "Physical Chemistry", 9th edition, W. H. Freeman and Company. (2010)

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports and final exam
(may be changed according to the situation around COVID19)

Related courses

  • TSE.A204 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • TSE.A233 : Engineering Measurement II
  • TSE.A321 : Introduction to metallurgy of engineering materials
  • TSE.M201 : Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena
  • TSE.M202 : Partial Differential Equations for Science and Engineering

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

Bases of Ordinary and Patial differential equations


the lecture topics are subject to change and the sequence above may change

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