Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2018 - 07.12.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Roman Novak


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

Responsible of the course: Girish Tewari ( 050 4755955

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - II

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

-    The student knows the capabilities and limitations of major materials and surface characterization techniques
-    The student can select the most proper materials characterization methods for particular sample
-    The student can critically evaluate the material characterization methods used in research papers
-    The student can perform data analysis on the results obtained in laboratory experiments

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

At this course, the student can exploit most common materials characterization methods to characterize the structure and properties of materials. The student can evaluate the capabilities and limitations of major materials and surface characterization techniques such as: Optical microscopy, nanoindentation, Raman, ellipsometry, XRF, XRD, AFM, TEM, SEM, EDS, WDS, XPS.

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

Each week there is a contact session on Monday for one or few methods. In addition, the course has 5 laboratory excersizes or demos that the students perform and report. The detailed list of the which methods and labs will be and when will be presented at MyCourses front page when the contact sessions and labs are confirmed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Weekly seminars, 5 laboratory projects, written reports, examination

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

laboratory reports (5 reports): 5 x 12 %

Oral exam (personal) 30 %

Other individual tasks: 10 %

Absence from 1 laboratory exercise can be
compensated by extended report

Grading: 1-5

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

5 cr = 135 h

Contact teaching

5 Laboratory works

Independent work and reporting


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

Contact teaching 11 x 2 h = 22 h

5 Laboratory works  5 x 2 h  = 10h

Independent work and reporting 101 h

Oral examination 2 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Yang Leng, “Materials Characterization : Introduction to Microscopic and Spectroscopic Methods", Wiley-VCH, 2013

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

Additional course material will be found in the MyCourses page: "Material". This involves also a lot of video clips to see the actual experiments.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MT-0.3101 Materiaalitutkimusmenetelmät (5 op).

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 - 5.

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students chosen to this course are primarily major students. If more than 30 students enroll to this course, the number of course participants can be limited. All Functional Materials major students are, however, are chosen to the course if enrolled in time.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Will be presented at the front page of MyCourses


Registration and further information