Code: CHEM3025

Credits: 60 + 45 ECTS cr

Professor in charge: Sami Franssila

The Functional Materials major is based on understanding of solid state physical and chemical principles and phenomena. It starts with atomic bonds, and proceeds to nanoscale phenomena and microstructure of matter and ends up in explaining the behavior of macroscopic materials. Based on physics and chemistry, functional materials major deals with real materials, balancing scientific principles with engineering practice and economic realities.

Functional materials majors will find their jobs in R&D in academia and industry, and in production, procurement and quality control of materials, and as experts in demanding analytical positions. Companies working on electronics, nanotechnology, sensors and actuators, medical devices, and other materials intensive fields will hire functional materials graduates. The major is an excellent stepping stone into doctoral studies.

Learning outcomes

Core scientific and engineering knowledge:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of solid state structure and phenomena, including electrical, magnetic, optical, thermal behavior of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites.
  • Understanding on amorphous, polycrystalline and single crystalline materials, and comprehensive knowledge of the role of defects, microstructures, interfaces and surfaces on materials properties. Characterization of solid materials by various physical and chemical means.
  • Deep knowledge about transformation processes, phase equilibria, precipitation, diffusion and aggregation and the ways of synthesizing new materials.
  • Ability to evaluate materials properties and to understand engineering possibilities and limitations of new materials. These include composites, hybrid, biomimetic and nanomaterials, and active, functional, responsive and smart materials for sensing, actuation and self-repair.
  • Understanding materials research and development in academia and industry, with aptitude to grasp the economic and environmental effects of new materials.

Core scientific and engineering skills (the students should be able to apply knowledge in these):

  • Deep understanding of designing, executing, analyzing and reporting experimental research.
  • Mastery of conceptual, theoretical and experimental tools to predict, design and evaluate new materials.
  • Strong analytical and critical faculties combined with solid scientific background to enable thorough evaluation of new materials and structures.
  • The art of approximation and educated guesses.

Ability to act as a materials expert with excellent communication skills, entrepreneurial spirit and problem solving skills that enable effective multidisciplinary team work with other experts.


Table 1. Common compulsory courses (45 cr)

CHEM-E0100Academic Learning Community45IV / 1st

Table 2. Compulsory core courses (25 cr)

CHEM-E5100Solid State Materials and Phenomena5I / 1st
CHEM-E5110Metallic Materials5II / 1st
CHEM-E5120Interfaces and Nanomaterials5I / 1st
CHEM-E5140Materials Characterization, laboratory course5III / 1st
CHEM-E2130Polymer Properties5II / 1st

Table 3. Research and design projects (choose at least two of the following courses, total 1025 cr)

CHEM-E5200Personal Research Assignment in Functional Materials, V5 or 10III, IV, V / 1st or I, II, III, IV, V / 2nd
CHEM-E5130Laboratory Course in Functional Materials5IIIV / 1st
CHEM-E5210Group Research Assignment in Functional Materials, V5 or 10III, IV, V / 1st or I, II, III, IV, V / 2nd

Table 4. Specialisation courses (choose 10-25 cr)

CHEM-E5105Powder Metallurgy and Composites5I–II / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E5115Microfabrication5IV–V / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E5125Thin Film Technology5III / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E5135Biomimetic Materials and Technologies5IV–V / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E5145Materials for Renewable Energy P5III–IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E5205Advanced Functional Materials5I–II / 2nd
CHEM-E5215Materials for Nuclear Power Plants5III–IV / 2nd
CHEM-E5225Electron Microscopy P5I–II / 2nd
CHEM-E4105Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering5IV / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4155Solid State Chemistry5IV–V / 1st


Fundamental Electrochemistry5III / 1st or 2nd
CHEM-E4205Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization5I / 2nd
CHEM-E4210Molecular Thermodynamics5

II / 1st or 2nd

CHEM-E4215Functional Inorganic Materials5II / 2nd
CHEM-E8135Microfluidics and BioMEMS5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd
PHYS-E0424Nanophysics5III / 2nd
PHYS-E0423Surface Physics5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd
PHYS-E0422Soft Condensed Matter Physics5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd

Solid-State Physics


IV-V / 1st or 2nd

PHYS-E0525Microscopy of Nanomaterials5

III – IV / 1st or 2nd

PHYS-E0526Microscopy of Nanomaterials, laboratory course5

IV - V / 1st or 2nd

ELEC-E8713Materials & Microsystems Integration5III / 2nd
ELEC-E8724Biomaterial Science5III / 2nd
ELEC-E3140Semiconductor Physics5I–II / 2nd
ELEC-E3220Semiconductor Devices


III / 1st or 2nd

MEC-E1070Selection of Engineering Materials5I / 2nd
MEC-E1090Quality Management and Metrology5

II / 2nd

MEC-E6002Welding Technology and Design P5V / 1st
MEC-E6003Materials Safety P5I / 2nd
MEC-E6004Non-destructive Testing P5II / 2nd
MEC-E7002Manufacturing Methods I5IIIIV / 1st or 2nd
MEC-E7005Advanced Casting Technology L5

IV / 1 st or 2nd

MEC-E7006Advanced Manufacturing5IV / 1st or 2nd