Frontier Chemistry (Frontier Chemistry)

Numbering Code U-ENG27 47127 LJ61 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.4
Instructor name OOUCHI MAKOTO (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
OTSUKA KOJI (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
NAKAO YOSHIAKI (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
NAKAMURA YOU (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
TANAKA KATSUHISA (Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor)
MIURA KIYOTAKA (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
TAKENAKA MIKIHITO (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
OONO KOUJI (Institute for Chemical Research Associate Professor)
NUMATA KEIJI (Graduate School of Engineering Professor)
  (Faculty of Engineering)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Advanced research being performed in frontier chemistry research labs will be explained in an easy-to-understand way by researchers themselves. This is a concentrated course: Two classes will be held one after the other on Friday afternoons at 13:00-14:30 and 14:45-16:15, for a total of seven class days. Course dates are posted separately elsewhere.
Course Goals Students will gain knowledge of frontier research as currently practiced in representative chemistry research areas, as well as of likely future trends. Students will also understand the role that chemistry plays in society.
Schedule and Contents Frontlines of polymer properties (2 classes)
As macromolecules form a variety of molecular assembly structures, they display superior properties. In these lectures, an overview explanation is provided on how block copolymers and graft copolymers form, via self-organization, regular micro-phase separated structures on nanometer orders. These nano-patterns are then used in the development of devices and new materials.

Frontlines of polymer synthesis (2 classes)
An overview explanation is provided of basic chain polymerization functions, methods of precise synthesis of macromolecules via chain polymerization, and the characteristics of polymers thus precisely synthesized.

Frontlines of macromolecular design (2 classes)
Chemistry for the rational design and synthesis of macromolecules is indispensable to activities that aim to proactively grant new functions to polymers. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of living radical polymerization, which has undergone remarkable developments in recent times, and surface-graft polymerization; an overview of applications and related items will also be presented from the viewpoint of material design, especially applications in surface graft polymerization.

Frontlines of polymer characterization (2 classes)
An overview explanation is provided of light scattering in polymer solutions and of methods for determining molecular parameters from intrinsic viscosity measurement. Also discussed are application examples for each type of macromolecule (polymer).

Frontlines of organic chemistry and analytical chemistry (2 classes)
Fine organic synthesis using organometallic compounds has become the most powerful tool of molecular architecture. An overview is made of the theories of fine organic synthesis, and concrete advanced research cases are introduced. Micro- and nanoscale high-performance separation and analysis techniques are introduced to showcase the frontlines of novel topics.

Frontlines of inorganic materials chemistry (2 classes)
Discussion will be made of the synthesis and function of novel inorganic materials synthesis for applications involving spin electronics and photonics materials.

Frontlines of polymer materials chemistry (2 classes)
Explanation will be made of recent issues associated with the characteristics and properties of such things as elastomers and polymer gels. Lectures discuss the flow of development from supramolecular assembly to supramolecular organization, trends in molecular architecture such as catenane and rotaxane, and the development of nanomaterials.

Feedback (1 class)
Evaluation is made of the extent of learning achieved in the course overall, and in regards to the degree that students have achieved course goals.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Grades will be determined based on an overall evaluation of attendance and scores (results) on reports.
Course Requirements Students are recommended to have finished fundamental courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and polymer chemistry.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Assignments and individual reports will be appropriately instructed during classes.
Textbooks Textbooks/References No textbook will be used. Materials and PowerPoint presentations will be distributed and/or used during classes.
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