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Application of functional materials

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Course contents

This course is a continuation of the course Properties of functional materials.

Functional materials with prominent characteristics are used as examples for different applications. Materials classified as energy material and there use as energy harvesting, converting, harvesting and transferring of energy will be discussed. Different ways of applying these materials in optical and in energy devices (light emitting diodes, solar cells, supercapacitors, smart windows etc.), in transistors, sensors, medical applications and as catalyst materials are discussed. Additionally, the course discusses how to combine materials into efficient composite materials in order to modify the functionality to fit different applications.

Learning outcomes

After the course, you will

  • know more about photo- and electroactive materials and how their properties can be utilised in many applications
  • have an idea of how to optimise and tune some of the materials properties and on how to achieve the best fit when combining materials either in a composite or as a neighboring layer in an application.

Completion methods

  • This course doesn’t have a fixed schedule and it can be studied at your own pace.
  • Completion by writing a learning diary (presumed student´s workload for independent studying approx. 50-54 h).
  • The material is available online in Moodle.

More information in the University of Turku study guide.

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conducting polymers, fullerenes, graphene, composite materials, semiconductor materials

Responsible teacher

University of Turku
Carita Kvarnström

Further information about the course and studying

University of Turku
Timo Vasankari

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Chemical process and environmental engineering,
Chemistry and materials of energy storages
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Teaching period:
Continuously on-going
Application deadline:
Continuously on-going
Host university:
University of Turku
Who can apply:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in physics and chemistry and the course Properties of Functional Materials KEMI4027
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