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.


The student knows atomic and nanoscale phenomena that affect chemical, mechanical, optical, biological and fluidic surface processes.

The student can explain most important subtractive and additive surface modification methods.

The student knows major thin film deposition processes: PVD, CVD, ALD.

The student is aware of surface non-idealities and degradation processes.

The student can design and execute a simple surface preparation process and report on its results.

The student can critically read original scientific litearure on the topical area of surfaces and films.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Koskinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila, Ville Jokinen, Maarit Karppinen, Jari Koskinen

Contact information for the course (valid 12.08.2020-21.12.2112):

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:

    Intro: physical, chemical, mechanical, optical, biosurfaces  
    Ideal surfaces, vacuum, gas-solid, contamination, native oxides 
    Surface treatments: cleaning, activation, passivation, chemical coatings
    Wetting and superhydrophobicity    
    ALD & MLD, surface reactivity, chemisorption, physisorption 
    CVD, sticking probability, kinetics, diffusion, LFS  
    PVD, surface diffusion, coalescence, ripening, structure  
    Epitaxy, superlattices, nanolaminates  
    Adsorption, biomolecules on surfaces, biocompatibility, biosensors
    Adhesion, bonding,  gekko, PDMS    
    Surface degradation (friction, lubrication, abrasion, erosion, corrosion)    

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Weekly exercises

    Lab project report

    No exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Weekly lectures and exercises.

    Lab project.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes

    Original scientific articles

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:



Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Wednesdays 12-15 o'clock, from September 9th till December 2nd.


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