Credits: 60 + 4–5 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.
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 (4–5 cr)
|CHEM-E0100||Academic Learning Community||4–5||I–V / 1st|
Table 2. Compulsory core courses (25 cr)
|CHEM-E5100||Solid State Materials and Phenomena||5||I / 1st|
|CHEM-E5110||Metallic Materials||5||II / 1st|
|CHEM-E5120||Interfaces and Nanomaterials||5||I / 1st|
|CHEM-E5140||Materials Characterization, laboratory course||5||I–II / 1st|
|CHEM-E2130||Polymer Properties||5||II / 1st|
Table 3. Research and design projects (choose at least two of the following courses, total 10–25 cr)
|CHEM-E5200||Personal Research Assignment in Functional Materials, V||5 or 10||III, IV, V / 1st or I, II, III, IV, V / 2nd|
|CHEM-E5130||Laboratory Course in Functional Materials||5||III–V / 1st|
|CHEM-E5210||Group Research Assignment in Functional Materials, V||5 or 10||III, IV, V / 1st or I, II, III, IV, V / 2nd|
Table 4. Specialisation courses (choose 10-25 cr)
|CHEM-E5105||Powder Metallurgy and Composites||5||I–II / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E5115||Microfabrication||5||IV–V / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E5125||Thin Film Technology||5||III / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E5135||Biomimetic Materials and Technologies||5||IV–V / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E5145||Materials for Renewable Energy P||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E5205||Advanced Functional Materials||5||I–II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E5215||Materials for Nuclear Power Plants||5||III–IV / 2nd|
|CHEM-E5225||Electron Microscopy P||5||I–II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E4105||Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering||5||IV / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E4155||Solid State Chemistry||5||IV–V / 1st|
|Fundamental Electrochemistry||5||III / 1st or 2nd|
|CHEM-E4205||Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization||5||I / 2nd|
II / 1st or 2nd
|CHEM-E4215||Functional Inorganic Materials||5||II / 2nd|
|CHEM-E8135||Microfluidics and BioMEMS||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
|PHYS-E0424||Nanophysics||5||I–II / 2nd|
|PHYS-E0423||Surface Physics||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
|PHYS-E0422||Soft Condensed Matter Physics||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
IV-V / 1st or 2nd
|PHYS-E0525||Microscopy of Nanomaterials||5|
III – IV / 1st or 2nd
|PHYS-E0526||Microscopy of Nanomaterials, laboratory course||5|
IV - V / 1st or 2nd
|ELEC-E8713||Materials & Microsystems Integration||5||I–II / 2nd|
|ELEC-E8724||Biomaterial Science||5||I–II / 2nd|
|ELEC-E3140||Semiconductor Physics||5||I–II / 2nd|
III / 1st or 2nd
|MEC-E1070||Selection of Engineering Materials||5||I / 2nd|
|MEC-E1090||Quality Management and Metrology||5|
II / 2nd
|MEC-E6002||Welding Technology and Design P||5||V / 1st|
|MEC-E6003||Materials Safety P||5||I / 2nd|
|MEC-E6004||Non-destructive Testing P||5||II / 2nd|
|MEC-E7002||Manufacturing Methods I||5||III–IV / 1st or 2nd|
|MEC-E7005||Advanced Casting Technology L||5|
IV / 1 st or 2nd
|MEC-E7006||Advanced Manufacturing||5||IV / 1st or 2nd|