- Materials Chemistry Design
Materials Chemistry Design Course
The Applied Chemistry program’s Materials Chemistry Design course offers opportunities for study and research that invite students to refine their understanding of the essence of materials development based on physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Physical chemistry is the discipline that provides the foundation for understanding all chemical phenomena, and by combining it with a study of inorganic chemistry, the course allows students to master the functions and properties exhibited by inorganic materials through a mix of classroom study and research.
The disciplines that form the foundation of education evolve over time, but their core remains unchanging. At the same time, university are currently being called upon to offer students an education that meets the needs of the changing times. The discipline of materials chemistry has undergone a dramatic evolution over the last 25 years thanks to dizzying technological progress. Students in the Materials Chemistry Design course explore the breadth and width of the discipline of materials chemistry through specialized courses that start during the second semester of their second year, developing fundamental skills that will play a useful role in the society of the future during their four years of undergraduate study. For more information, please see “Curriculum Characteristics” and “Curriculum.”
The course also works to offer cross-disciplinary study in collaboration with the other three courses (Polymeric Materials Design, Molecular Chemistry Design, and Functional Materials Design).
The course offers the following research opportunities exploring the theme of the diversity of amorphous glass and ceramics:
- Research into the improvement of material surfaces and surface analysis using quantum beams
- Photo-physical chemical research into topics such as molecular excitation and molecular superexcitation
- Physics of fine ceramics
- Evaluation of the mechanical characteristics of ceramics for use in fine ceramic physics high-temperature structures
- Research into improving the performance of functional ceramics using solid/gas phase reactions
- Fundamental research into the creation of new glass materials and enhancement of materials’ functionality
- Research into the high-resolution observation of solid surfaces and molecular nanostructure
- Research into glass crystallization
- Research into the development of functional nano-materials using quantum chemical calculation