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.


The student will be able to distinguish the main preparation techniques for ultrathin films, describe their principles, and select the relevant method. The student will also be able to master the most common surface analytical methods, their principles, and their strength and weaknesses. The student will also get a good grasp on the state-of-the-art literature on thin films, tailored towards his/her research topic.

Credits: 8

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 11.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eero Kontturi

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Thin film preparation: spin coating, Langmuir-Blodgett deposition, drop casing, layer-by-layer deposition, electrophoretic deposition. Thin film analysis: atomic force microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ellipsometry, x-ray reflectivity, electron microscopies, quartz crystal microbalance, surface plasmon resonance.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, literature review and seminar

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    8 cr, about 213 hours


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Scientific publications appointed by the lecturer individually for each student. Lecture notes.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Teaching Period:

    (2020, 2021) - No teaching

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.