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After the course the student understands the hierarchical structure of inorganic materials, how the mocroscopic properties of materials can be derived on the basis of lower level properties. In additio, the student should understand and utilize the thermodynamic consepts and stability diagrams for solving materials scientific problems.  To know how the typical properties of different material groups and  based on this their different usages in electronic and medical technologies.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2019 - 08.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tomi Laurila, Vesa Vuorinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tomi Laurila

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

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

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The principles of the properties and structures of materials. The periodic table of elements, primary and secondary bonds and microstructures. Physical and mechanical properties of materials and their response under different stress states. Entropy law, the free energy of a system and the activity of a component. Phase diagrams of pure elements and binary alloys. The principles of diffusion and Fick's laws.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, Exercises and Midterm exams

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, Exercises and Midterm exams 56h

    Independent work 74h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts.  For self-studying: Askeland, D. et al ."The science and engineering of materials",
    Shackelford, J. "Introduction to materials science for engineers", Callister, "Introduction
    to materials science and engineering

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-C2100 Principles of Materials Science

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action