Course title
Materials for Energy


Course description
This course is dedicated to the study of energy sources, materials used in energy generation and sustainability of energy production. In particular, advanced materials for energy-carrying, storage, recycling, and conversion will be introduced in great detail.
In the first part, a short review of the conventional energy sources (fossil fuels, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro) as well as remindings of energy units, energy generation, storage, and the transfer will be given.
Then, in the second part, an outline of advanced materials realizing green energy society will be introduced. For example, thermoelectric materials, superconductors, materials for fuel cells, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, ceramics, and hydrogen storage materials.
Purpose of class
Students are expected to obtain skills, knowledge, and understandings of basics of sustainability, renewable energy, energy recycling, energy saving and a variety of advanced materials for energy.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will be able to understand the concepts of sustainability and energy and be able to distinguish between non-renewable and renewable energy sources
2. Students will be able to discuss thermoelectric and superconducting materials in detail
3. Students will be able to discuss materials used for fuel cell, batteries and capacitors technologies
4. Students will be able to discuss storage of gases in materials
5. Students will be able to prepare a report on a topic of their choice and discuss it in a short presentation in a classroom at the end of the course
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Mid-term (questionnaires) Final exam Total.
1. 10% 10%
2. 10% 10%
3. 10% 10%
4. 10% 10%
5. 60% 60%
Total. 40% 60% -
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Sustainability and energy read handouts of class 190分
2. Non-renewable energy sources read handouts of class 190分
3. Renewable energy sources part 1: wind, hydro, geothermal read handouts of class 190分
4. Renewable energy sources part 2: solar energy read handouts of class 190分
5. Nuclear energy: fission and fusion read handouts of class 190分
6. Thermoelectric materials read handouts of class 190分
7. Superconducting materials read handouts of class 190分
8. Materials for batteries read handouts of class 190分
9. Materials for capacitors read handouts of class 190分
10. Materials for solid oxides fuel cells (SOFCs) read handouts of class 190分
11. Hydrogen storage materials
Instructions on report preparation
read handouts of class 190分
12. Oxygen storage materials read handouts of class 190分
13. Discussing in class the questionnaires and summarize the main errors in the replies. Interactive questions and answers. Hints for preparation of slides. preparation of final exam 185分
14. Final exam in class (delivery of report and presentation in front of colleagues) preparation of final exam 185分
Total. - - 2650分
Goals and objectives (Other Courses)
A:Fundamental Mechanical Engineering B:Advanced Mechanical Engineering C:Environment and Materials Engineering D:Chemistry and Biotechnology E:Electrical Engineering and Robotics G:Advanced Electronic Engineering F:Information and Communications Engineering L:Computer Science and Engineering H:Urban Infrastructure and Environment
Evaluation method and criteria
Periodical tests (4 questionnaires) to be replied at home are compulsory and will contribute 40% of student`s grade.
Final exam is based on presentation and report will contribute 60% of student`s grade.
Those who get at least 60% of the full score will pass this course.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in outside of the class (ScombZ, mail, etc.)
Textbooks and reference materials
No specific text. Handouts distributed in the classroom.
Supporting text is D. S. Ginley, D. Cahen, Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Cambridge. 1st edition
Content of the syllabus of the courses "General Chemistry A", "General Chemistry B", "Basic Physics"
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Appointment to be fixed contacting the teachers. Substitute "[at]" with "@"
  • Contact e-mail addresses to Paolo Mele: pmele[at]
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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