Courses and lectures

List of courses for CHEM students (academic years 2020-2022)

 Doctoral level courses for CHEM students

CHEM-L1000 Toolkit for Doctoral Studies (5 ECTS)

  • Begins every October (lectures and seminar days continue from autumn to spring period)

CHEM-L2000: Ultrathin Films, 8 ECTS

CHEM-L2030 Unit Operations of Paper and Board Finishing and Converting, 7 ECTS

CHEM-L2110: Advanced Molecular Modelling, 3 ECTS

CHEM-L2130: Research Seminar on Electrochemistry, 12 ECTS

CHEM-L2140: Research Seminar on Organic Chemistry, 12 ECTS

CHEM-L2150: Biofuels and Biorefineries, 5 ECTS

CHEM-L2230: Research Seminar in Functional Materials V,L 3 - 5 ECTS

CHEM-L2300 X-Ray Scattering Methods for Structural Analysis of Bio-based Materials, 5 ECTS

CHEM-L4010: Teaching Partner Chem, 1 - 5 ECTS

CHEM-LV Defend your research work (1 ECTS)

Seminar offering practical training for defence and presentation skills

Other possible suggestions - Level: Master / Doctoral studies

CHEM-E1105 Advanced Fibreline Processes P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E1150 Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation - in Class , 5 ECTS

CHEM-E1220 Sustainability in Bioproduct Industry P,

CHEM-E2140 Cellulose-based Fibres, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2145 Polymer Reaction Engineering, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2150: Interfacial Phenomena in Biobased Systems P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2155: Biopolymers, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2165: Computer Aided Visualization and Scientific Presentation, 3 - 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2185: Wood Specialization Course: A Project Work P V, 5 - 10 ECTS

CHEM-E2195: Interfacial Phenomena in Renewable Materials Research Project P V, 5 - 10 ECTS

CHEM-E2205 Materials for a World in Transition P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E2210: Product Development- Project Course, 10 ECTS

CHEM-E3150: Biophysical chemistry L, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E3190 Metabolism P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4108 Modern Methods in Metal Catalysis P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4115 Computational Chemistry I, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4225 Comput. Chem. II, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4210: Molecular Thermodynamics L, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4220 Medicinal Chemistry P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4235 Transport Process at Electrodes and Membranes, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E4255 Electrochemical Energy Conversion, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5105 Powder Metallurgy and Composites, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5115 Microfabrication, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5125 Thin Film Technology, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5145 Materials for Renewable Energy P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5160 Functional Soft Materials P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5200: Personal Research Assignment in Functional Materials V, 5 - 10 ECTS

CHEM-E5205: Advanced Functional Materials P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5225: Electron Microscopy P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5226 Advanced Materials Characterization P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E5230 Advanced Micro- and Nanotechnology P, 8 ECTS

CHEM-E6105 Thermodynamics of Solutions, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E6115 Thermodynamics of Modeling and Simulation, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E6210: Individual Research Project, V, 5 - 10 ECTS

CHEM-E6215: Circular Economy Design Forum P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E6225: Technical Innovation Project, 10 ECTS

CHEM-E6235 Circular Economy for Materials Processing,  5 ECTS

CHEM-E7100 Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes part 1, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E7110 Engineering Thermodynamics, Separation Processes, part 2, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E7175 Process Safety and Sustainability, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E7190 Process Dynamics and Control P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E7215 Special Course in Process Systems Engineering P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E7225 Advances Process Control P, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E8115 Cell Factory, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E8135 Microfluidics and BioMEMS, 5 ECTS

CHEM-E8145 Polymers in Medical Technology, 5 ECTS

ELEC-E8714 Sustainable Electronics P,

Summer schools and special doctoral courses offered during the summer 2020

Lignocellulose Biorefinery online course will be given from 16 to 18 June. Course CHEM 010Z-LZ (3-5 ECTS) will be organized by Herbert Sixta and GUT (Graz University of Technology). DL for enrollment is 5 June 2020. Course lectures and PowerPoint presentation (pitch) on a selected topic. Alternatively, the student can take an oral exam via TEAMS (3 ECTS) or

Course lectures and accepted scientific report (short overview article) on a selected topic related to Biorefineries (5 ECTS). Deadline for this scientific report is 31 August 2020.

Webropol enrollment for this Graz summer course

Crystallization online course 1-5 June 2020. Including a 30 minute seminar presentation (video or PowerPoint slides), which is the mandatory part for the participants. Presentation in topic of your choice in the crystallization or characterization techniques. The title and short abstract of your talk (less than 100 words) should be submitted to prof. Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen before 22 May 2020, and the full presentation by 28 May 2020.     

Welcome for new doctoral candidates at the School of CHEM - Toolkit for doctoral studies

  • Give yourself the best possible start and attend course CHEM-L1000 Toolkit for Doctoral Studies, organized in October - April.
    Content: Doctoral studies in a nutshell, presentation skills, how to publish science etc.

  • Strongly recommended to the all new students who have started their doctoral studies within one year, but the course is open for everyone interested

Nationally jointly developed courses, offered via

  • Research Ethics for Doctoral Students, LC-L1010 (1-2 ECTS)
  • Recommended for doctoral candidates if Toolkit course is not done, 2 credits

  • The teacher is Dr. Henriikka Mustajoki

     Course details


    The course is organized two times a year, once in the autumn term and once in the spring term. The next course will be organized in the November 2019.

    Please sign up here by 20 October 2019. Open for doctoral candidates in all schools at Aalto University.


    Doctoral studies, recommended for first or second year of study. The course is 2 ECTS and comprises of 40 hours of independent study and 8 hours of workshop.

    The course content is described in the course outline (pdf, autumn course version to be updated).

    Mode of study

    The course will be taught online and during two compulsory workshops. The course languages are English. Most of the course is self-directed and allows for great flexibility with when and where it is done. However, assessments have strict deadlines.

    The course completion requires:

    • active engagement with the course material,
    • completing compulsory assessment tasks.

    The course evaluation is based on adequately achieving learning outcomes as evidenced in the assessment tasks.

    Evaluation criteria



    Dr Henriikka Mustajoki is the course coordinator. You can contact Henriikka on henriikka.mustajoki(at)

  • Open Science for Doctoral Students, LC-L1011 (1 ECTS)
  • Business Skills for Doctoral Students, LC-L1012 (1 ECTS)
  • Career Course for Doctoral Students, LC-L1013 (1 ECTS)
  • Interactive Leadership Skills for Doctoral Students, LC-L1014 (1 ECTS)
  • Project Management for Doctoral Students, LC-L1015 (1 ECTS)
  • Writing Research Grant Applications for Doctoral Students, LC-L1016 (1 ECTS)

Scientific writing and communication

  • Courses for doctoral candidates offered by the Language Centre
  • LCA-7002 Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen tohtoriopiskelijoille L,V, 3 op

  • LC-1350 Writing Doctoral Research for Technology (w) (3 cr) – August, PI, PII, PIV, PV (Open to CHEM, ENG, ELEC, SCI)

    LC-1330 Presenting Doctoral Research (o) (3 cr) – PIV  (Open to all 6 schools)

    LC-1335 Preparing for the Doctoral Defense (o) (1 cr) – PI, PIII (Open to all 6 schools)

    LC-1336 Popularize your Research (o,w) (2 cr) – PII, PV (Open to all 6 schools)

    LC-1090 Online Preparatory English: Reading and Writing (1 cr) – August, PI, PIII (Open to Bachelor to Doctoral students in all 6 schools)

    LC-1091 Online Preparatory English: Speaking and Listening (1 cr) – PII, PIV (Open to Bachelor to Doctoral students in all 6 schools)

    LC-0510 Conference Presentations (1-2 cr) – PII, PIV in Finnish, PI, PIII in English.

    LC-0310 Communication Skills (2-3 cr) – PIII in Finnish, PII, PIV in English

    LC-0320 Public Speaking Skills (3 cr) – PI, PIII and IV in Finnish, PIV, PV in English

    LC-0226 Debating Skills (2 cr) – PV in English

    LC-0420 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3 cr) – PI, PIII, PIV

    LC-0421-Multicultural Teamwork and Leadership (3 cr) – PIV

    LC-0430 Directed Studies in Intercultural Communication (1-3 cr) – on demand

    Writing Clinic – free for doctoral students in all schools. Students can book a time in our MyCourses page.

    Speech Clinic – free for doctoral students in BIZ, ELEC, ENG, SCI. Students can book a time in our MyCourses page. (If you are in ARTS & CHEM, please discuss it with your supervisor.)


    Writing and Presenting a Conference Paper – PIV

    Talking Aalto – PIV

    Online Grammar Tool – PIII

Pedagogical studies

Select+ doctoral students:

Select+ course Societal models and regulation for sustainable energy systems 5 ECTS (version 2019-2020)

*Course only for Select+ doc. students

Project management and research funding


  • Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) offers courses in entrepreneurship. Doctoral candidates are welcome to join the courses. 
  • Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) coordinates activities related to technology transfer and commercialization, intellectual property management and startup companies.
  • EIT Digital Innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) program for doctoral candidates in the field of ICT gives knowledge and competences to start new businesses and to launch new products and services. 

Career planning and competence development

  • HR offers support for career planning and competence development through workshops and other events, in Services (requires Aalto password).


Pre-examination info for doctoral candidates

  • Organized once a year.
  • Contents: From preparing the manuscript for the pre-examination to right to publish the thesis.

  • Lecturers: Markus Linder, Sirje Liukko.

Defence info for doctoral candidates

  • From right to publish a dissertation to defence and graduation.
  • Organized once a year.

Printing platform info by Aalto library

  • presentation of the Aalto publication platform; tips for public defence by a recently graduated doctor

Writing the compiling part of an article dissertation

  • Organized 1-2 times a year, next time 20 April 2020, enroll by 14 April.

     More details

    A 4-hour lecture for doctoral candidates at Aalto University.

    The lecture provides doctoral candidates with an understanding of writing an article dissertation effectively once the related articles have been written. The lecture will help doctoral candidates in understanding the role of the separate articles and the dissertation as a whole. After the lecture doctoral candidates will know what is required from an article dissertation and how to reach the goal as efficiently as possible while maintaining high standards. Doctoral candidates will have a good perception of the dissertation requirements and structure.


    • Structure of an article dissertation
    • Perceiving the whole created by the articles
    • General quality requirements and forms of dissertations in the School of Science
    • Publication process
    • Optimal order of writing
    • Schedule for writing the compilation

    Voluntary reference material (available at


    Dr. Pekka Belt.