Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering (Master's Course) Division of Advanced Science and Engineering Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Program
Lecture Code WSQB0501 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 複雑系物質論
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Complex Materials Science
トダ アキヒコ,タグチ ケン
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon5-8:IAS J303
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture-oriented class. In principle, classes will be held face-to-face. On-demand classes may be held using LMS such as Moodle, depending on needs and circumstances. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Physics
Eligible Students
Keywords Thermodynamics, crystal growth 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Our goal in Complex Materials Science is to understand the structures and textures of soft complex materials, such as semi-crystalline polymers and lipids, and the formation mechanism. Firstly, we provide an outline of basic thermodynamics and material structures, and second the basis of crystal growth as a typical example of first-order phase transition. Finally, we discuss the results of current researches on such complex systems. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Guidance (Toda, Taguchi)
Lesson 2: Thermodynamics (Toda)
Lesson 3: Phase equilibrium (Toda)
Lesson 4: Two-component systems (Toda)
Lesson 5: Two- and multi-component systems (Toda)
Lesson 6: Thermodynamics of interface (Toda)
Lesson 7: Transition and reaction rates (Toda)
Lesson 8: Diffusion (Toda)
Lesson 9: Foundation of crystallization theory: First-order phase transition and the driving force for crystallization (Taguchi)
Lesson 10: Foundation of crystallization theory: Nucleation, Critical nucleus and the equilibrium shape of a crystal (Taguchi)
Lesson 11: Ideal growth (Taguchi)
Lesson 12: Growth shape of a crystal and crystal habit change (Taguchi)
Lesson 13: Surface structure and kinetics of crystal growth: Roughening transition (Taguchi)
Lesson 14: Surface structure and kinetics of crystal growth: Two-dimensional nucleation, screw dislocation and Spiral growth (Taguchi)
Lesson 15: Crystallization of a linear polymer molecule (Taguchi)

Final examination 
“Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering” by John Wulff et.al. Wiley, 1976,
“Statistical Physics of Crystal Growth” by Yukio Saito, World Scientific, 1996 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts, Text/Reference Books, pictures (PC) 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
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Preparation and
Lessons by Toda use the reference book “Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering" and lessons by Taguchi use the textbook “Statistical Physics of Crystal Growth.”  Students should read the handouts and/or Text/Reference Books very carefully before the each lecture. 
Grading Method Exam and/or reports about 70% and attitude towards the class about 30% 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Other The language of instruction will be decided and announced by the instructor on the first day of class; this decision will be based on the language proficiency of the students. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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