Code: CHEM3034

Extent: 20–25 cr

Language: English

Professor in charge: Sami Franssila

Target group: Master's students

Application procedure: Open for all students of Aalto University.

Quotas and restrictions: Please note, that in some courses the number of participants can be limited. Then major students (Functional Materials) have the priority.

Prerequisites: While making your study plan, you should verify that you have the prerequisites needed for the courses.

Learning outcomes

After Functional Materials minor program student can:

  1. Explain solid state structure and phenomena, including mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, thermal behaviour of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites
  2. Evaluate material properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, biomaterials and nanomaterials
  3. Design new materials and predict their behaviour
  4. Understand the engineering possibilities and limitations of new materials

Content and structure of the minor

For the minor (20–25 credits) all students have to take the same compulsory studies of 10 cr. Additionally the student needs to select 2–3 courses (10–15 cr) from Functional Materials major's courses. Please check the list below and major's content.

Structure of the minor

Mandatory courses10

Solid State Materials and Phenomena


Interfaces and Nanomaterials

Elective courses10-15
Choose 2–3 courses from the list below
CHEM-E2130Polymer Properties5II
CHEM-E5105Powder Metallurgy and Composites5I–II
CHEM-E5110Metallic Materials5


CHEM-E5130Laboratory Course in Functional Materials5III–IV
CHEM-E5140Materials Characterization, laboratory course5I–II
CHEM-E5125Thin Film Technology5III
CHEM-E5135Biomimetic Materials and Technologies5IV–V
CHEM-E5145Materials for Renewable Energy P5III–IV
CHEM-E5205Advanced Functional Materials5I–II
CHEM-E5215Materials for Nuclear Power Plants5III–IV
CHEM-E5225Electron Microscopy P5I–II
CHEM-E4105Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering5IV
CHEM-E4155Solid State Chemistry5IV–V
CHEM-E4205Crystallography Basics and Structural Characterization5I
CHEM-E4210Molecular Thermodynamics5


CHEM-E4215Functional Inorganic Materials5II
CHEM-E8135Microfluidics and BioMEMS5IIIIV
PHYS-E0422Soft Condensed Matter Physics5IIIIV
PHYS-E0423Surface Physics5IIIIV
ELEC-E3140Semiconductor Physics5I–II
ELEC-E8713Materials & Microsystems Integration5III
ELEC-E8724Biomaterial Science5III
MEC-E1070Selection of Engineering Materials5I
MEC-E6002Welding Technology and Design P5V
MEC-E6003Materials Safety P5I
MEC-E6004Non-destructive Testing P5II
MEC-E7002Manufacturing Methods I5IIIIV
MEC-E7006Advanced Manufacturing5IV