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.


After the course, the student

- is able to describe the most important differences between nanomaterials and macroscopic materials

- can explain how the nanoscale features affect the mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, dielectric and thermal properties of materials

- can design a short laboratory project based on scientific literature.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kirsi Yliniemi, Kirsi Yliniemi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Yliniemi, Kirsi Yliniemi

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

University Lecturer Kirsi Yliniemi (

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 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, dielectric, mechanical) and their differences to macroscale materials

    The course has also a science project which affects the grade.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    - Introduction to Nanomaterials

    - Stability 

    - Adsorption, Self-assembly and Nanochemistry

    - Material Properties at Nanoscale

    - Nanotoxicity and nanosafety

    The whole course is taught in 100 % remote mode.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Practicals, science project and exam all affect the grade.


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Home exercises:max. 15 points

    Science Project:  max.16 points

    Online Exam:  max. 20 points

    TOTAL: max. 51 points

    To Pass: Science Project done, min. 7 points from the exam and min. 23 Total Points

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, practicals, science project, exam. Compulsory attendance in science project and exam.


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Teaching Sessions in ZOOM (total: 44 h)

    - Lectures: 11 x 2 h = 22 h

    - Exercise sessions: 5 x 2 h = 10 h

    - Science Project Meetings: 4 x 2 h = 8 h 

    - Exam: 4 h

    Independent Study Time at Home (89 h)

    - Reviewing before and after lectures: 5 x 3 h = 15 h

    - Home-exercises: 5 x 4 h = 20 h

    - Science Project (finding & reading scientific papers, planning and writing, preparing for the meetings): 6 x 5 h = 30 h

    - Preparing for the exam: 24 h

    TOTAL: 133 h = 5 cr


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. G. Cao, Y. Wang: Nanostructures and Nanomaterials - Synthesis, Properties adn Applications, World Scientific 2004 or 2013.

    2. M.F. Ashby, P.J. Ferreira, D.L. Schodek: Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Design - An Introduction for Engineers and Architects, Elsevier 2009. 

    3. Barry W. Ninham and Pearandrea Lo Nostro: Molecular forces and self-assembly in Colloid, Nano Sciences and Biology, Cambridge University Press 2010.

    4. B.S. Murty, P. Shankar,  B. Raj, B.B. Rath, J. Murday, Textbook of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Springer 2013.

    Lecture slides and selected scientific publications.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course substitutes the course CHEM-E5120 Interfaces and Nanomaterials. Student cannot take both courses.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-A1410 Materiaalitieteen perusteet (Introduction to Materials Science), or similar knowledge


    CHEM-C2450 Materiaalien ominaisuudet (Properties of Materials), or similar knowledge

    Additional recommendation: CHEM-C2450 Materiaalien ominaisuudet (Properties of Materials)

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is taught 100 % in remote mode.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Lectures in ZOOM:

    Mon 10:15-12:00

    Wed 10:15-12:00

    Exercises in ZOOM:

    Thu 10:15-12:00

    Science Project Meetings in ZOOM:

    Tue 3rd November 10:15-12:00

    Tue 17th November 10:15-12:00

    Tue 1st December 10:15-12:00 (compulsory attendance)

    Thu 2nd December 10:15-12:00 (if necessary)


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