Credits: 5

Schedule: 30.10.2018 - 07.12.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maria Sammalkorpi

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the student is able to

  • describe and apply the principles of probability to predict behavior of molecule groups.
  • formulate molecular driving forces and especially entropy as a driving force in soft materials systems.
  • understand and be able to formulate starting from molecular level perspective the forces that drive molecules to associate, adsorb, and undergo chemical reactions or conformational changes.
  • employ the learned molecular level principles of thermodynamics to e.g. solvation, intermolecular interactions, phase transitions, physical and chemical kinetics, as well as, simple macromolecules in solution.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A molecular level, microscopic approach to thermodynamics. Molecular driving forces and especially entropy as a driving force in soft materials systems. Focus on chemical and biological systems such as liquids, surfactants, proteins, and polymers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, exercises, assignments, exam

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24h (12x2h)

Exercises 12h-24h

Assignments 12-36h

Other independent studying 51-87h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ken A. Dill and Sarina Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces, 2nd Edition, Garland Science. ISBN 978-0-8153-4430-8. Additional material provided during the course.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-C2200 Chemical Thermodynamics or equivalent

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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