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Introduction to functional materials and their applications

Individual course

This course is an introduction to different types of functional materials. Materials that will be presented are electronically conducting polymers, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbon dots, fullerenes and different types of graphene, metalorganic framework molecules. Chemical and electrochemical synthesis and conversion of different materials is discussed. Presentation of different techniques for nanostructuring of both organic and inorganic material. Examples of applications of the different materials in optical and in energy devices (light emitting diodes, organic solar cells, supercondensators, smart windows etc), transistors, sensors, medical applications.

Learning outcomes

After the course, you will know the basics of more advanced materials and how to synthesize, characterize and process the materials. You will also know the main properties of the materials and know how to characterize them. Additionally knowledge is gained on how to combine materials in order to modify the functionality to fit different applications.

Teaching methods

The course doesn’t have a fixed schedule. It can be studied at your own pace. The materials are available online.

More information in the University of Turku study guide.

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Responsible teacher

University of Turku
Carita Kvarnström

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FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Course code:
0 €
Teaching period:
Continuously on-going
Application deadline:
Continuously on-going
Host university:
University of Turku
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
General prerequisites:
Bachelor level knowledge, fundamentals of chemistry
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