Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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, the student is able to

  • describe and apply the principles of probability to predict behavior of molecule groups.
  • formulate molecular driving forces and especially entropy as a driving force in soft materials systems.
  • understand and be able to formulate starting from molecular level perspective the forces that drive molecules to associate, adsorb, and undergo chemical reactions or conformational changes.
  • employ the learned molecular level principles of thermodynamics to e.g. solvation, intermolecular interactions, phase transitions, physical and chemical kinetics, as well as, simple macromolecules in solution.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 04.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maria Sammalkorpi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maria Sammalkorpi

Contact information for the course (valid 20.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Maria Sammalkorpi


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:

    A molecular level, microscopic approach to thermodynamics. Molecular driving forces and especially entropy as a driving force in soft materials systems. Focus on chemical and biological systems such as liquids, surfactants, proteins, and polymers.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See course information at .

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, assignments

  • Applies in this implementation:

    See course completion and grading information at .

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24h (12x2h)

    Exercises 12h-24h

    Assignments 12-36h

    Other independent studying 51-87h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ken A. Dill and Sarina Bromberg, Molecular Driving Forces, 2nd Edition, Garland Science. ISBN 978-0-8153-4430-8. Additional material provided during the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-C2200 Chemical Thermodynamics or equivalent

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    During fall 2020, all teaching related to the course is via remote means. Please see course information at  for more details.