The Department of Electronics and Materials Science conducts practical education and research in the field of electronic devices and energy-related devices essential for industries such as the energy sector, transportation equipment industry including automobiles, and the electrical and electronic equipment industry, based on the fundamentals of electronic physics engineering and materials chemistry. In this department, there are two courses.
Course of Electronics and Devices Electronic devices, optical devices, energy conversion devices, and nano devices
Course of Materials Science and Engineering Organic materials, inorganic materials, optical materials, energy materials
We are engaged in cutting-edge research using the keywords: organic materials, inorganic materials, optical materials, and energy materials. Through these efforts, we aim to cultivate individuals who are proficient in both materials and devices fields, capable of leading advancements in science and technology.
Most industrial products around us are made by integrating electronics (electronic devices) and materials (materials chemistry), so students who are knowledgeable in both disciplines are sought after by companies. However, in traditional engineering departments, electronics have been the responsibility of departments in the electrical and electronic engineering field, while materials have been handled by departments in the material science field.
In response to such societal needs, the Department of Electronics and Materials Science was established in the 25th year of the Heisei era as a pioneering interdisciplinary department where students can study both electronics and materials.
Let us take the example of a motor.
Hybrid and fuel cell vehicles require powerful magnets for their motors. To create powerful and excellent magnetic materials, rare earth metals, which are geographically concentrated in specific regions worldwide, are indispensable. Therefore, efforts have been made to develop motors using magnetic materials that minimize the use of newly developed rare earth metals. On the other hand, it is also possible to create excellent motors by skilfully arranging materials. In developing a motor, whether you choose to develop superior “materials” or develop superior “devices” by skilfully arranging materials, it is essential to understand both approaches.
Another example is an electronic thermometer.
In electronic thermometers, a temperature-sensing “material” called a thermistor is essential. However, using only the material is not sufficient to measure body temperature quickly and accurately. Circuit design that maximizes the characteristics of the material is also essential. What is needed is knowledge that can integrate the characteristics of “materials” and “electronic circuits”.
In the Department of Electronics and Materials Science, we aim to develop and foster talents capable of integrating these aspects.
The curriculum of the Department of Electronics and Materials Science is highly distinctive, as it allows students to acquire knowledge in both “Electronics” and “Materials and Energy Chemistry”.
In the first year, students primarily take liberal arts courses, foundational courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, as well as English courses to develop a broad knowledge base, foundational skills for specialization, and language proficiency.
At the beginning of the second year, students choose between the “Electronic Physics Device Course” and the “Materials Energy Chemistry Course”.
In the second and third years, students in the Electronic Physics Device Course take more specialized courses related to electronics, such as electronic circuits and imaging devices. On the other hand, students in the Materials Energy Chemistry Course take specialized courses in organic chemistry, inorganic materials, energy chemistry, and other related subjects.
A notable feature is that even after branching into each course, there are many common subjects between the two courses, such as basic electrical circuits and energy electrochemistry.
In the fourth year, students begin their graduation research, allowing them to refine their research skills by participating in cutting-edge research projects. For a more detailed curriculum, you can download it from here.
You can pursue employment opportunities in various fields such as the electronics industry, photonics and telecommunications industry, automotive and transportation industry, energy and environmental industry, chemical industry, and more.
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