2018 Transdisciplinary studies 13:Chemicals in Society and its Safety and Security 1

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Takata Toshikazu  Ando Shinji  Ishizone Takashi  Fudano Jun  Ougizawa Toshiaki  Kishimura Kotaro  Nakayama Kazumi  Mouri Hiroshi  Okuyama Manabu 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed and delivered to cultivate the following abilities, attributes, and perspectives which are appropriate and required for those students who study at one of the top leading comprehensive universities of science and technology in Japan.
By the completion of this course, the students will have
1) the ability to recognize and explain the nature and broadening scope of certain fields and/or disciplines in science and engineering,
2) the ability to examine the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications/Influences) of those fields and/or disciplines and what role they should play in society and for society,
3) the attitude to seek the broad and transdisciplinary perspectives on science and engineering, and
4) the ability to develop an attitude to examine one's own field of study with a multi-dimensional framework.

This course is designed, developed, and offered jointly by the respective School and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

In recent years, the safety and security of goods and social systems have received much attention from the society. Nowadays, the idea and concept of the safety and security have become essential in a variety of products and their raw materials. In this class, the safety and security of plastic and rubber and related products including chemicals, which have widely penetrated into society and in everyday life, are introduced. In addition, modern safety evaluation technology, prediction technology of degradation and lifetime, improved resistance technology are discussed, whereas high performance and strengthening technology and materials are introduced. Lecturers are the specialists in various science and technology fields. In particular, the life time, recycle, strengthening of plastic and rubber are mainly explained and discussed.

(aim) The aim of this class is to understand the basis for designing the future materials produced according to the concept of safety and security.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the class, the students will be able to
1. explain examples for safety and security of chemicals including plastics and rubbers.
2. explain prediction technology of degradation and life time, and resistance-enhancing technology.
3. explain high-performance and high-strength plastics and rubbers in addition to evaluation technology.


1. safety and security of chemical substances 2. plastic and rubber 3. degradation and life time prediction 4. high performance materials 5. property evaluation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

As with all the other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), this course is offered in the "Active Learning" mode which requires students to take an active role in their own learning. Therefore, it is required to submit a summary report at the end of each session. (In case you are not able to attend a class, you should inform the instructor of your reason for absence in advance.) Class attendance is required and taken into account for grades.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Explanation of whole class Wrapping of plastic containers and safety of food -on the dealing with the ocean plastic problem summary report
Class 2 Aging and its evaluation method of rubber materials summary report
Class 3 Relief and safety of automobile tires summary report
Class 4 Synthesis of water-soluble thermo-responnsive polymers by living anionic polymerization summary report
Class 5 Surface and interface science of adhesion -from gecko to various industrial applications- summary report
Class 6 An on-the-spot power and safety culture in chemical process summary report
Class 7 Design, development, and application of polyimide and its nanohybrid-based high performance materials II summary report
Class 8 Fundamental science and functionalization of rubber and plastics summary report and final report


Not required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are posted on OCW-I and/or provided during each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

For the credits of this course, as with all the other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), students have to submit an original paper which addresses "the nature and scope" of the given field/discipline and its "social role." An important part of assessment is made on the quality of the paper. Details of the requirements of the paper will be explained in the first class meeting.

Related courses

  • LAH.T415 : Transdisciplinary studies 15:Chemicals in Society and its Safety and Security 2

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

No prerequisite



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