Nagoya University, School of Engineering Lecture information system (SYLLABUS)

Automobile Chemical Systems I(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Automotive Engineering Automotive Engineering
Starts 1 : 3 Autumn Semester 3 Autumn Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Elective Elective
Lecturer : KATSUTOSHI Nagaoka Professor  Yutaka MATSUO Professor 

•Course Purpose
Catalysts play an important role in automobiles. Exhaust gases from automobiles, including hybrid vehicles, are purified by the catalysts. Catalysts are also used in fuel cell vehicles to produce electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. In the first half of this lecture, students will acquire basic knowledge of catalysis and catalyst.
Through this lecture, students will learn
1. Catalysis and its definition
2. Materials and structures of solid catalysts
3. Catalysis for exhaust gas purification
4. Catalysis for fuel cell

Besides, energy conversion from sunlight to electricity will push forward the development of electric vehicles. In this context, flexible, light-weight, and thin-film solar cells will contribute to realizing such green-energy automobiles in future. Through this course, students can learn:
1. Photoelectric conversion mechanism in thin-film organic solar cells.
2. Necessary materials for constructing solar cells.
3. How to make organic and perovskite solar cells.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Chemistry, Material engineering, Thermodynamics, Kinetics

•Course Topics
1. Reaction path in the presence of the catalyst
2. Materials for heterogeneous catalysts
3. Structures of solid catalysts
4. Automobile exhaust gases and catalytic purification
5. Fuel cells and power generation by electrocatalyst
6. Structures in solar cells
7. Photoelectric conversion mechanism in solar cells.
8. Materials design and synthesis for energy conversion
9. Application of solar cells in automobiles
Because it is necessary to deepen understanding widely, a report is imposed as appropriate for home study.

Printed handouts will be distributed in class.

•Additional Reading
Physical Chemistry 9th ed. Atkins & de Paula
Other appropriate books and review articles will be introduced in the lectures.

•Grade Assessment
Grades (two credits) will be based on the mid-term examination (75%) and attendance (25%) for each professor. Students must obtain a score of 60 points or higher to pass the course. There will be no final examination.
C: 60 to 69 points
B: 70 to 79 points
A: 80 to 100 points
S: particularly excellent among the evaluation A

Each professor's evaluation is equivalent.

Students are required to understand high school level chemistry. Also, students are encouraged to study materials chemistry for energy conversion prior to take the later part of this course. 

•Contacting Faculty
Students can ask questions during and after lectures, as well as via email.
Email: K. NAGAOKA:
Email: Y. MATSUO:


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