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 student can
- understand the challenges in early stage research
- think more scientifically in order to solve problems encountered in experimental research
- make a short research plan around a scientific problem

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2016 - 20.05.2016

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sami Franssila, Sami Franssila

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

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Students chooses an experimental lab project from the list of offered lab projects; each project is worth of 5 cr. Projects vary from year to year and from period to period. Student can also make this course twice, i.e. choosing two different lab projects student can get 2 x 5cr.

    Projects are offered in periods III, IV and V. Student can only take one project every period.

    The lab projects are done in groups of 2-4 students. Weekly tutoring sessions together with all students taking the same project. The lab project topics have previously included e.g. nanorods, graphene, ceramics, diamond-like carbon, electrodeposition, nanosurfaces.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The lab work is done in groups but reporting is individual. Grade consists of research plan, performance in the lab and report.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Student selects one lab project from offered projects. Each project:

    4 h lectures (introduction and project descriptions)

    4 h demonstration

    15 h reading scientific papers

    10-15 h research Plan

    48 h experimental work

    10 h analysis of the results

    30 h reporting + presenting the results


Study Material
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  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory previous study requirement:

    CHEM-E5140 Materials Characterization, laboratory course (5 cr).