Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course student can
- understand the challenges in early stage research
- think more scientifically in order to solve problems encountered in experimental research
- make a short research plan around a scientific problem

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 03.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Yliniemi, Kirsi Yliniemi

Contact information for the course (valid 03.12.2018-21.12.2112):

The main teacher of the course is Kirsi Yliniemi and each lab project has their own supervisor. The general topics of tehc ourse, please contact by email Kirsi Yliniemi  and in teh topic realted to the lab project, contact the supervising teacher.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Students chooses an experimental lab project from the list of offered lab projects; each project is worth of 5 cr. Projects vary from year to year and from period to period. Student can also make this course twice, i.e. choosing two different lab projects student can get 2 x 5cr.

    Projects are offered in periods III, IV and V. Student can only take one project every period.

    The lab projects are done in groups of 2-4 students. Weekly tutoring sessions together with all students taking the same project. The lab project topics have previously included e.g. nanorods, graphene, ceramics, diamond-like carbon, electrodeposition, nanosurfaces.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This year, there will be five different lab projects. Each lab project contains:

    - planning of the work and submission of written research plan

    - performing of the work, appr. 3 x 12-16 h/ week = 36-48 h

    - manuscript writing and self-assessment of the final mancscript

    Addtionally, there are

    - two Starting Lectures: 7th and 8th January, 12-14 (Introduction to the Lab Projects and Work Selection)

    - two Manuscript Writing Workshops: 25th January and 1st February, 12-15)

    A student can choose either one (=5cr) or two projects (2 x 5 cr = 10 cr), neverthless in such a way that a student performs only one lab project / study period. There ia a limited number of places / works and those who come to the starting lectures (7th and 8th January) will have a priority when it comes to the work selection.


    WORK 1: Sustainable Electrochemistry: Nanocatalysts from Waste Solutions (Teacher: Kirsi Yliniemi)


    WORK 2: Spark-plasma sintering a ceramic/metallic composite (Teacher: Joonas Lehtonen)

    WORK 3: Electrochemical detection of pharmaceuticals using carbon-metal thin films (Teacher: Jarkko Etula)


    WORK 4: Superhydrophobicity (Teacher: Ville Jokinen)

    WORK 5: Leidenfrost Nanochemistry (Teacher: Ahmed Soliman)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The lab work is done in groups but reporting is individual. Grade consists of research plan, performance in the lab and report.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is graded based on the

    - written research plan (group grade)

    - lab performance (indivudual)

    - manuscript (individual: 70 % of the grade is based on teacher's grading, 30 % is from self-assessment).

    A Word format with more details for Research Plan and Manuscript will be provided.

    Self-Assessment rubric is presented in the starting lectures and discussed in more details in Manuscript Workshops.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Student selects one lab project from offered projects. Each project:

    4 h lectures (introduction and project descriptions)

    4 h demonstration

    15 h reading scientific papers

    10-15 h research Plan

    48 h experimental work

    10 h analysis of the results

    30 h reporting + presenting the results

  • Applies in this implementation:

    4 h lectures (introduction and project descriptions)

    2 x 3 h workshops (manuscript writing and self-assessment)

    4 h demonstration

    15 h reading scientific papers

    10-15 h research Plan

    48 h experimental work

    10 h analysis of the results

    30 h manuscript writing


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Scientific papers, lecture material

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory previous study requirement:

    CHEM-E5140 Materials Characterization, laboratory course (5 cr).


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    MyCourses frontpage shows the details of the schedule (lab times and deadlines for each Study Period III-V).

    In general, each lab project will have 3 x 16 h of allocated lab time.


    - 2 x Research Plan (1st version and final, both submissions compulsory)

    - 2 x manuscript (1st optional submission + final compulsory submission)

    - Self-assessment


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