Topic outline

  • Welcome to Principles of materials science course 2021.

    This year (spring 2021) teaching will be in remote mode including the exercises.

    Lecturers are: Professor Tomi Laurila and Dr. Vesa Vuorinen

    Course Assistant: MSc Ishan Pande

    Content: The principles of the properties and structures of materials. The 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.

    Learning outcomes: After the course the student (i) understands the hierarchical structure of inorganic materials, (ii) how the macroscopic properties of materials can be derived on the basis of lower level properties. In addition, the student should (iii) understand, apply and utilize the thermodynamic concepts and stability diagrams for solving materials scientific problems.  After completion of the course student also understands the origins of the typical properties of different material groups and consequently their different usages in electronic and medical applications.

    Course schedule:


    Thu 14.1


    Mon 18.1

    Internal structure of materials

    Thu 21.1

    Defects in materials

    Mon 25.1

    Exercise 1

    Thu 28.1

    Mechanical properties of materials I

    Mon 1.2

    Mechanical properties of materials II

    Thu 4.2

    Exercise 2

    Mon 8.2

    Thermal properties of materials

    Thu 11.2

    Exercise 3

    Mon 15.2

    Corrosion and oxidation I

    Thu 18.2

    Corrosion and oxidation II

    Mon 22.2

    Exercise 4

    Mon 1.3

    Intermediate examination I

    Mon 8.3

    Thermodynamics - Principles

    Thu 11.3

    (T,xi) equilibrium diagrams I

    Mon 15.3

    Exercise 5

    Thu 18.3

    (T,xi) equilibrium diagrams II

    Mon 22.3

    Exercise 6

    Thu 25.3

    Diffusion I                                       

    Mon 29.3

    Exercise 7

    Thu 1.4

    Diffusion II

    Mon 5.4

    Easter holiday, No lecture/Exercise

    Thu 8.4

    Exercise 8

    Mon 12.4

    Course recap, Metals and ceramics in electronics and biomedical applications

    Thu 15.4

    Intermediate examination II

    Extra exam Thursday 6.5.2021

    Assessment Methods and Criteria: Mid term exams (100%) [see first lecture slides for more details]

    Study Material: Handouts.  For self-studying and to complement the lectures: 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“, Laurila “Interfacial Compatibility in Microelectronics” and Laurila et al. “Thermodynamics, Diffusion and Kirkendall Effect in Solids”