Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 24.10.2019

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): 

University Lecturer Kirsi Yliniemi (D.Sc.)

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): 

The course will provide an introduction to naniscale science,including teh following topics:

- stability of nanomaterials, self-assembly, physical properties of nanomaterials (electric, optic, magnetic, thermal, dielectric), special nanomaterials (such as nanocarbons).

The course contains also a poster project which is done in pairs:

1) Writing the poster abstract (max. 1 A4, pair submission)

2) Pitching (30 s / each student)

2) Preparing the poster (A0, pair submission)

3) Poster presentation in a poster session 16th October (1h / each student)

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): 

Exercises: max. 15 points

Poster Project: max. 12 points

Exam: max. 20 points (min. 7 points)

TOTAL: 37 points

To pass the course 50 % of total points (and of which min. 7 points from the exam).

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 week x 4 h + 1 week x 2h): Lectures

4 h : Poster Session

10 h (5 weeks 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): 

1. G. Cao, Y. Wang: Nanostructures and Nanomaterials - Synthesis, Properties adn Applications   Ebrary E-kirja/E-book  OR Knovel E-kirja/E-book

2. M.F. Ashby, P.J. Ferreira, D.L. Schodek: Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Design - An Introduction for Engineers and ArchitectsKnovel E-kirja/E-book OR Elsevier ScienceDirect Books

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): 


Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Lectures: MON 10-12 (Ke3) and WED 10-12 (Ke3)

Exercises: THU 10-12 (Ke5)

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Nanoscale Science
  • Lecture 2: Forces and Stability
  • Exercise Session 1
  • Lecture 3: Adsorption, Self-Assembly and Nanomaterials
  • Lecture 4: Special Nanomaterials
  • Exercise Session 2
  • Lecture 5: Physical Properties at Nanoscale I
  • Lecture 6: Physical Properties at Nanoscale II
  • Exercise Session 3
  • Lecture 7: Atomic Level characterization (prof. Peter Liljeroth)
  • Lecture 8: Physical Properties at Nanoscale III
  • Exercise Session 4
  • Lecture 9: Nanomaterial Design (prof. Jaana Vapaavuori)
  • Lecture 10: Pitcing + Nanotoxicity and Nanosafety (COMPULSORY
  • Exercise Session 5
  • Lecture 11: Course Review
  • Lecture 12: COSIO (12-18, COMPULSORY attendace at 12-14)

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