Credits: 60 + 4–5 ECTS cr
Professor in charge: Kari Laasonen
The Chemistry major has a strong scientific basis in chemistry. It begins with molecular and quantum mechanical level description of matter and chemical reactions. The organic and inorganic study paths provide good knowledge on synthesizing and analyzing organic or inorganic materials. The physical chemistry study path focuses on electrochemistry and computational chemistry. In addition to the natural science basis, the major provides good knowledge in chemical engineering practices, especially when complementing the major's courses with chemical engineering courses. The emphasis is on educating engineers capable of acting as chemistry experts in various branches of the industry and capable of solving chemistry related problems, such as planning reaction procedures and analyzing materials in detail.
Core scientific and engineering knowledge:
- Knowledge of organic and inorganic materials and chemical reaction mechanisms to synthesize these materials.
- Knowledge of chemical equilibria and kinetics in various chemical reactions and knowledge of quantum mechanics related to the chemical bond and spectroscopy.
Depending on the study path the major will offer comprehensive knowledge in:
- (organic chemistry) organic synthesis, asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry and structural analysis. To support synthesis, the module offers studies in computer aided methods for molecular design, synthesis design, and data analysis.
- (inorganic and analytical chemistry) basics of materials chemistry: solid state chemistry phenomena and theories. Materials synthesis (polycrystalline, nanoparticles, single crystals, thin films), characterization techniques, and material functions (catalytic, conductive, magnetic, ferroelectric, thermoelectric, photonic). Modern analytical chemistry methods, especially miniaturized analytical systems.
- (physical chemistry) pure and applied electrochemistry and computational chemistry. The pure electrochemistry study path will offer comprehensive knowledge of electrochemical processes and measurements. The applied electrochemistry path focuses mainly on fuel cells and light weight batteries. The computational chemistry path will focus on molecular modelling.
We strongly encourage the students to complement their studies with chemical engineering or physics courses. For example, combining organic chemistry and polymer engineering will be very useful when working with polymer based industrial problems. Additional studies in chemical engineering will broaden the understanding in industrial processes. Physics studies will help to better understand physical chemistry problems.
Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):
- All graduates from the program have a broad expertise in designing complex chemical projects. They can analyze the progress of the process and its products.
- The graduates can utilize new scientific knowledge in the chemical industry.
- The graduate can act as a chemistry expert in multidisciplinary groups of experts in the chemical industry.
- Graduates in organic chemistry can design organic synthesis for future technological solutions and analyze the synthesis products. Such skills are very useful in pharmaceutical, organic materials, and polymer industry.
- Graduates in inorganic chemistry are experts in materials chemistry. They can design materials synthesis procedures and analyze synthesis products.
- Graduates in physical chemistry can plan, perform and interpret electrochemical measurements. They can participate in development of electrochemical processes and devices, and they can perform complex molecular simulations.
Table 1. Common compulsory courses (4–5 cr)
|CHEM-E0100||Academic Learning Community||4–5||I–V / 1st|
Table 2. Compulsory courses (30 cr)
|CHEM-E4100||Laboratory Projects in Chemistry||10|
|CHEM-E4110||Quantum mechanics and Spectroscopy||5|
|CHEM-E4120||Quantitative Instrumental Analysis||5||I / 1st|
|CHEM-E4130||Chemistry of the Elements||5||II / 1st|
|CHEM-E4150||Reactivity in Organic Chemistry||5||I / 1st|
Table 3. Specialisation courses (30 cr)
|CHEM-E4135||Advanced Analytical Chemistry||5||III / 1st|
|CHEM-E4165||Chemical Instrumentation and Electroanalytical Methods||5||IV–V / 1st|
|CHEM-E4195||Selectivity in Organic Synthesis||5||IV / 1st|
|CHEM-E4295||Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural Products||5||I / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4305||Organometallic Chemistry||5||II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4315||Topics in Synthesis||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E8100||Organic Structural Analysis||5||I / 2nd|
|CHEM-E8105||Enzymatic and Biomimetic Catalysis||5||IV / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E8130||Medicinal Chemistry||5||II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4105||Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering||5||IV / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E4155||Solid State Chemistry||5|
2018 - 2019: IV–V / 1st
2019 - 2020: III-IV / 1st
|CHEM-E4205||Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization||5||I / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4215||Functional Inorganic Materials||5||II / 2nd|
|Physical and Computational Chemistry:|
|CHEM-E4115||Computational Chemistry I||5|
2018 - 2019: III / 1st
2019 - 2020: IV-V/ 1st
|CHEM-E4175||Fundamental Electrochemistry||4||III / 1st|
|CHEM-E4185||Electrochemical Kinetics||6||IV–V / 1st|
|CHEM-E4210||Molecular Thermodynamics||5||II / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E4225||Computational Chemistry II*||5||IV–V / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E4235||Transport Processes at Electrodes and Membranes||5||I / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4255||Electrochemical Energy Conversion||5||II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4275||Research project in chemistry I||5||I, II, III, IV, V|
|CHEM-E4285||Research project in chemistry II||5||I, II, III, IV, V|
*organised next time in the autumn 2020
Table 4. In the academic year 2019-2020 as specialisation courses you can also choose courses offered by University of Helsinki (more information in wiki):
|KEM332||Sampling and sample preparation||5|
|KEM333||Analytical chemistry laboratory works (Limited number of participants.)||5|
|KEM336||NMR spectroscopy 1 1 (Limited number of participants in project work. Theory part (3 cr) without limitations.)||5|
|KEM357||Determination of metals||5|
|Molecular Science / Physical Chemistry:|
|KEM372||Laser Spectroscopy Instrumentation||5|
|KEM411||Chemicals and Legislation||5|
|ATM306||Basics of atmospheric chemistry||5|