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 understands the hierarchical structure of inorganic materials, how the mocroscopic properties of materials can be derived on the basis of lower level properties. In additio, the student should understand and utilize the thermodynamic consepts and stability diagrams for solving materials scientific problems.  To know how the typical properties of different material groups and  based on this their different usages in electronic and medical technologies.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2024 - 22.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Vesa Vuorinen, Tomi Laurila

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:

    The principles of the properties and structures of materials. The periodic table of elements, primary and secondary bonds and microstructures. Physical and mechanical properties of materials and their response under different stress states. Entropy law, the free energy of a system and the activity of a component. Phase diagrams of pure elements and binary alloys. The principles of diffusion and Fick's laws.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, Exercises and Midterm exams

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, Exercises and Midterm exams

    Independent work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Handouts.  For self-studying: Askeland, D. et al ."The science and engineering of materials",
    Shackelford, J. "Introduction to materials science for engineers", Callister, "Introduction
    to materials science and engineering

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Only one of the courses ELEC-D8710 Principles of Material Science and CHEM-A1410 Introduction to Materials Science can be included in a degree. If the course ELEC-D8710 Principles of Material Science is a part of student's major or minor studies it can't be substituted for the course CHEM-A1410 Introduction to Materials Science.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V

    Enrollment :

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