Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2018 - 23.10.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Päivi Laaksonen

Other teachers: Uni. Teacher Kirsi Yliniemi

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

You can contact the teachers by email:

Prof. Päivi Laaksonen,

Uni. Lecturer Kirsi Yliniemi,

Also, after each session you are welcome to ask more questions and if needed, we can also book a longer time for discussions.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Student can combine physical and chemical principles that lead to the characteristics of nanoscale materials. Student understands the origin of self-assembly. Student can deduce how the main properties change with size. Student can analyse the data at basic level.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course gives a physico-chemical overview of solid and soft nanomaterials, including the following topics:

- Types of nanoscale materials

- Self-assembly of nanomaterials

- Properties of nanomaterials (thermal, electric, magnetic, optic) and their differences to macroscale materials

The course has also a poster project which includes abstract, pitching and poster presentation.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

After this course you

Should know:

Introduction to nanoscale science and stability: Young-Laplace and surface energy, Ostwald ripening, DLVO theory

Self-assembly and interfaces: molecular interactions, basic adsorption mechanisms and their models, self-assembled monolayers

Carbon nanomaterials: single-and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, graphene

Properties at nanoscale: melting point, thermal conductivty, quantum confinement and electrical conductivity, excitons, surface plasmon resonance, superparamagnetism: blocking temperature and Neel relaxation time, nanocrystalline solids and Hall-Petch equation,

Characterization: the principles of AFM, STM, QCM methods

Nanotoxicity and nanosafety: knowledge gap between nanotoxicity and nanosafety

Nice to know:

Introduction to nanoscale science and stability: synthesis methods for different types of nanomaterials

Self-assembly and interfaces: atomic layer deposition, phase behavior of self-assembled systems

Carbon nanomaterials: history and future development of the field

Properties at nanoscale: nanopiezoelectric materials, nanolaminates, single-electron devices

Characterization: some limitations of characterisation methods on nanoscale

Nanotoxicity and nanosafety: current topics in nanosafety research (carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles etc.)

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises, a compulsory poster project and exam contribute to the grade (scale: fail, 1-5). Additionally, the course has non-graded compulsory elements such as pithcing and other poster project related tasks.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 


5 weeks x 3 points/week -->Max. 15 points

Poster Project:

Abstract --> Max. 2 points

Poster Content and Presentation --> Max. 10 points


4 questions x 5 points/ question --> Max. 20 points (min. 7 points to pass)

TOTAL: Max. 47 points (to pass: 50 % of points)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

22 h (5 x 4 h + 1 x 2h): Lectures

4 h (2 x 2 h): Poster Sessions

10 h (5 x 2 h): Exercises

40 h: Independent study

39 h: Poster project

20 h: Exam preparation

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

22 h (5 x 4 h + 1 x 2h): Lectures

4 h (2 x 2 h): Poster Sessions

10 h (5 x 2 h): Exercises

40 h: Independent study

39 h: Poster project

20 h: Exam preparation

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- M.F. Ashby, P.J. Ferreira, D.L. Schodek: Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design

-G. Cao, Y. Wang: Nanostructures and Nanomaterials - Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

- handouts and selected articles from scientific literature.

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Links are provided on MC's front page.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Welcome to learn about nanoscale science! Please, remember that reading the lecture slides only is not enough for learning deeply, your active participation is needed.

Poster project is done in pairs. Poster project includes abstract submission, making a poster, pitching the poster and poster presentation.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 


Mondays 10-12, Ke4

Wednesdays 10-12, Ke4


Thursdays 10-12, Ke5

Exercises are submitted to MC: 

PART I (Weeks 1-3): Sunday 30th September, 23:55

PART II (Weeks 4-5): Sunday 14th October, 23:55

Poster Project:

Abstract submission: Thursday 27th September

Pitching: Wednesday 10th October (compulsory attendance)

Poster submission: Friday 12th October

Poster Session: Wednesday 17th October, 12-16 (compulsory attendance)


Registration and further information