Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry

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Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry

Educational Aims

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The Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry provides students with a strong scientific and industrial foundation on all categories of materials including inorganic, metallic, semiconductor, hybrid, organic, polymer, and biology. Professors and students in this department explore the correlation between structures, compositions and properties based on the quantitative evaluation and control of materials' physical, and chemical properties throughout nano scales (electron theory and quantum theory) to macro scales (mechanical properties, thermal properties, statistical mechanics, and liquid solution theory). The department provides cross-sectional classes according to the properties of materials.

Admission Policy

Materials engineering surveys the Mother Nature's landscapes in this world that has nanometer dimensions. Materials engineering consists of atomic/molecular architecting, production of matters with unique function, and analysis to control solid-state property. Materials engineering scientists make contribution toward the advancement of society by providing solutions to the industrial challenges, e.g., energy/environmental problems, advanced medical treatments, information society developments, and others. In our graduate program, students will achieve skills for the science and technology of materials, involving inorganic/organic materials, hybrids, metals, semiconductors, polymers, and even biological materials. Also, students have opportunities to learn about a wide variety of instruments and methods to characterize materials from the macroscopic scale to the single-atom level. Nevertheless, students will become the leading experts in scientific research and/or industrial activities. OBs/OGs have been gaining national and international recognition from industries, academics, and governmental laboratories, already. Moreover, through Ph.D. thesis research, you will have definitely become an independent researcher capable of solving scientific challenges to open the new era for the human society.

Overview

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Professors and researchers in this department are affiliated either with Department of Applied Chemistry or Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University. There are four distinct but tight-knit groups of professors who provide lecture courses for students, as shown below.

Macromolecules and Molecular Systems Chemistry
The Course of Macromolecules and Molecular Systems Chemistry conducts education and research based on macromolecules and molecular systems chemistry; it would relate to design and synthesis of principle structures, which are fundamental units of molecular organization, and high-dimensional structural organization with two or three dimensional configuration control of the principle structure. Key word: Molecular Organization, Polymer Composition, Polymer Structure, Physical Properties of Polymers, Surface, Interface and Ultra-thin Film, Cell Function, Biotechnology, Biotip - Biosensor, Optical and Electrical Function, Device Application.

Functional Materials Chemistry
The Functional Materials Chemistry Course offers education and research programs related to the basic knowledge of the chemistry of functional materials such as design, synthesis, and structural control of optical and electronic functional materials, quantum theoretical analysis and the application of optical and electronic functional materials, design and synthesis of organic and inorganic semiconductors as well as making them into devices, and also making and evaluating highly-selective materials for membrane separation. Key word: Photochemistry, Magnetochemistry, Excitation Molecule Chemistry, Optical Energy, Optical Information Conversion, Semiconductor, Molecular Simulation, Advanced Material Separation.

Microstructure Analysis and Design
The Course of Microstructure Analysis and Design's principle is to control material organization with respect to phase transformation and/or heat treatment, and to find new and optimal characteristics. In accordance with this principle, we offer an education and research opportunities such as the design of new materials, and the evaluation and development methods for analyzing necessary infinitesimal areas. Key word: Microscopy, Spectroscopy, Diffraction, Phase Transformation, Phase Diagram, Micro-Nano Structural Analysis, Nanostructure Control, Interface Control, Compositional Analysis, Materials Design, High-Strength Materials, Heat-Resistant Materials, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Functional Materials Engineering
The Advanced Materials Course offers education and research opportunities such as making and evaluating functional semiconductors, metals, superconductive materials, advanced thin-film materials through atomic and molecular operations, surface reaction control, crystal defect control, and in addition, design and evaluation of new and environmental-friendly functional materials. Key word: Physical Metallurgy, Physical Semiconductor, Physical Surface, Functional Materials, Semiconductor Materials, Thin-film Materials, Environmental Materials, Material Science and Engineering, Superconducting Materials, Materials Evaluation.

Researches

  • Physical Properties of Polymers
  • Applied Photochemistry
  • Functional Inorganic Material Chemistry
  • Horita Lab. Microstructural Control and Materials Synthesis
  • Takaki Lab. Structural Materials
  • Kaneko Lab. Nanomaterial characterization
  • Mukaida Lab. Advanced Functional Materials
  • Yamazaki Lab. Materials Surface Engineering (INAMORI Frontier Research Center)
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