Graduate School of Engineering

Department of Electrical Materials and Engineering

Outline of the Department of Electrical Materials and Engineering

The Electrical Materials and Engineering field covers a wide range of disciplines, including the generation and transmission of electricity, which is essential to modern society; various energy-efficient electric/electronic devices; and the electric/electronic materials needed in those devices. The Department of Electrical Materials and Engineering provides education and research programs with a focus on advanced electrical power systems including next-generation power generation, transmission and its application; optical and laser applications; properties of electric/electronic materials including semiconductors, dielectrics, and magnetic materials; and the application of various devices utilizing those new materials. The acquisition of this broad ranging and advanced specialized knowledge requires the acquisition of solid basic academic abilities. The educational system was therefore designed to provide intensive educational programs.

The Electric Materials and Engineering field is an essential key to our sophisticated, modern society that depends on electricity and electronics, and indeed supports the progress of our next generation society. This therefore requires the nurturing of engineers and researchers who have knowledge and research capabilities with respect to electrical power systems as required to create social infrastructure such as next-generation power generation and transmission systems or their applications, and a broad range of knowledge and capabilities with respect to research, property evaluation and application of advanced functional materials such as semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic materials and nano-carbon, and who have high levels of ethical values and profound humanity. The Department of Electrical Materials and Engineering was established to fulfill those requirements, and involves a broad range of disciplines, including the generation and transmission of electricity, various energy-efficient electric/electronic devices, and the electric/electronic materials necessary in those devices. The acquisition of such a broad range of and advanced specialized knowledge led to the Department establishing the research and education fields of 「Electric Power and Electronics Engineering」「Electric Power Applied Engineering」「Energy Engineering」「Electric Power Systems Engineering」「Electrical Physics」「Electronic Properties」「Nanostructure and Quantum Applications」「Structural Properties」.The Department provides education and research programs involving the basics of each of those fields as well as cutting-edge technology. The fields actually overlap each other, and thus cover the wide range of disciplines within the field of Electrical Materials and Engineering in a comprehensive manner. The Department also has education and research programs that involve advanced electrical power systems such as next-generation electrical power generation and transmission systems and their application, optical and laser application technology which includes advanced machining and measurement, properties of electric/electronic materials such as semiconductors, dielectrics, and magnetic materials, and various device applications using those new materials. The educational system of this Department was therefore designed to provide intensive education programs. In addition, the establishment of an integrated educational system consisting of an undergraduate school and a graduate school enables students to acquire adequate basic academic abilities at the undergraduate school before being assigned to their respective fields of interest to take part in advanced research at the graduate school. This system enables the Department to aim to nature advanced specialized researchers and engineers with excellent abilities who can identify and flexibly solve the problems faced by society.

A secondary battery is an electric/electronic device that efficiently uses electricity as “energy.” Secondary batteries demand not only knowledge about the electronic physics of its material but also the technology involved in the electrical system. Innovative secondary batteries can be fabricated in glove boxes, as shown in the picture.