Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials, Kyushu University

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Molecular process engineering course

This course is for high-functional materials consisting of atomic/molecular assembly and crystal, and for fostering of engineers/researchers who understand a microstructure and dynamics of a change thereof using chemistry/applied chemistry/chemical engineering/material engineering to be able to design functions and realize thereof.

Functional Molecule Engineering Laboratory

[Keywords] organic nanostructural material, molecular self-organization, liquid crystal device material, super molecular liquid crystal, high-speed electro-optic device, next-generation display element, electrochemical molecular switch, biological simulant material, low environmental load device material, emergent self organization, soft matter science

[Research outline] The object is to create new material science with high functionality of a low environmental load through molecular self-organization in nature and advancement of basic chemistry related to spontaneous ordering.
1. Clarification of order formation mechanism of the nanostructural soft matter and creation of a new structural type
2. Creation of new liquid crystal phase by substance fusion and application to the electro-optic device
3. Development of 3D photonic liquid crystal and photoregulation
4. New device materials that mimics a biological hierarchical structure and emergent self-organizing mechanism phenomenologically.

5. Development of a high-speed/high-functional liquid crystal device material

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  • Professor /Hirotsugu KikuchiProfessor /Hirotsugu Kikuchi
  • Associate Professor / Yasushi OkumuraAssociate Professor / Yasushi Okumura
Liquid crystal substance (blue phase) structure having 3D super structure and optical characteristics
Liquid crystal substance (blue phase) structure having 3D super structure and optical characteristics

Material Science for Electrochemistry Laboratory

[Keywords] electrochemistry, lithium-ion battery, intercalation, nonprotonic organic solvent electrolyte solution, inorganic compound positive pole, carbon negative pole, heat stability, metal-air battery, high-energy density

[Research outline] Realization of a new energy element based on intercalation reaction is aimed, and research of materials such as lithium-ion secondary battery and a metal-air battery is conducted.
1. Battery using nanoparticle electrode
2. Heat stability and safety of a battery structural material
3. Electrolyte solution using fluorinated solvent
4. Polyanionic new positive-electrode material

5. Active material new synthetic process by evaporative decomposition

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  • Professor / Shigeto Okada Professor / Shigeto Okada
  • Associate Professor / Shigeto Okada Associate Professor / Ken Albrecht
  • Professor / Shigeto Okada Assistant Professor / Atsushi Inoishi
MEM analysis result and crystal structure of the calcite-typed FeBO3 new negative electrode active material
MEM analysis result and crystal structure of the calcite-typed FeBO3 new negative electrode active material

Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory

[Keywords] sequential conversion of carbon resource, coproduction, hydrogen, thermal decomposition, gasification, detailed chemical reaction modeling and simulation, chemical vapor deposition/infiltration, CC composite, hydrothermal catalytic reaction

[Research outline]

Development of thermochemical reaction systems for converting carbon resources such as coal, biomass and wastes into H2/CO that is to be the common energy/material platform in future sustainable carbon cycle chemistry (SC3) systems. Current topics include;

1. Detailed chemical kinetic analysis and modeling,
2. Sequencing of parallel/consecutive thermo-chemical reactions of coal and biomass,
3. Conversion of heavy oil and tar in nano/sub-nano spaces,
4. Radicaldriven rapid gasification of carbonized solids,
5. Precise control of chemical vapor infiltration processes for C/C composites production.
6. Waste water treaments by hydrothermal cayalytic reactions using Ni/Carbon catalyst.

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  • Professor / Junichiro HayashiProfessor / Junichiro Hayashi
  • Assistant Professor / Shinji KudoAssociate Professor / Shinji Kudo
  • Assistant Professor / Shinji KudoAssistant Professor / Shusaku Asano