Code: CHEM3023

Credits: 60 + 45 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.

Learning outcomes

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 (45 cr)

CHEM-E0100Academic Learning Community45IV / 1st

Table 2. Compulsory courses (30 cr)

CHEM-E4100Laboratory Projects in Chemistry10

I-III/ 1st

CHEM-E4110Quantum mechanics and Spectroscopy5

III/ 1st

CHEM-E4120Quantitative Instrumental Analysis5I / 1st
CHEM-E4130Chemistry of the Elements5II / 1st
CHEM-E4150Reactivity in Organic Chemistry5I / 1st

Table 3. Specialisation courses (30 cr)

Analytical Chemistry:
CHEM-E4135Advanced Analytical Chemistry5III / 1st
CHEM-E4165Chemical Instrumentation and Electroanalytical Methods5IVV / 1st
Organic Chemistry:
CHEM-E4195Selectivity in Organic Synthesis5IV / 1st
CHEM-E4295Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural Products5I / 2nd
CHEM-E4305Organometallic Chemistry5II / 2nd
CHEM-E4315Topics in Synthesis5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E8100Organic Structural Analysis5I / 2nd
CHEM-E8105Enzymatic and Biomimetic Catalysis5IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E8130Medicinal Chemistry5II / 2nd
Inorganic Chemistry:
CHEM-E4105Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering5IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4155Solid State Chemistry5

2018 - 2019: IVV / 1st

2019 - 2020: III-IV / 1st

CHEM-E4205Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization5I / 2nd
CHEM-E4215Functional Inorganic Materials5II / 2nd
Physical and Computational Chemistry:
CHEM-E4115Computational Chemistry I5

2018 - 2019: III / 1st

2019 - 2020: IV-V/ 1st

CHEM-E4175Fundamental Electrochemistry4III / 1st
CHEM-E4185Electrochemical Kinetics6IVV / 1st
CHEM-E4210Molecular Thermodynamics5II / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4225Computational Chemistry II*5 IVV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4235Transport Processes at Electrodes and Membranes5I / 2nd
CHEM-E4255Electrochemical Energy Conversion5II / 2nd
Common Courses:
CHEM-E4275Research project in chemistry I5I, II, III, IV, V
CHEM-E4285Research project in chemistry II5I, 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):

Analytical Chemistry:
KEM331Separation techniques5
KEM332Sampling and sample preparation5
KEM334Mass spectrometry5
KEM336NMR spectroscopy 1 1 (Limited number of participants in project work. Theory part (3 cr) without limitations.)5
KEM357Determination of metals5
Molecular Science / Physical Chemistry:
KEM344Reaction kinetics5
KEM372Laser Spectroscopy Instrumentation5
KEM371Combustion chemistry5
Other courses:
KEM411Chemicals and Legislation5
ATM306Basics of atmospheric chemistry5