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Introduction to functional materials

Individual course

Functional materials are advanced materials designed and synthesized for some specific function with proper surface morphology and tailored properties. This course is the first part of three that all deal with materials that perform specific functions, for example having electronic, magnetic, optical or piezoelectric properties.

Course contents

The course introduces different types of functional materials. Materials that will be presented are electronically conducting polymers, different allotropes of carbon as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, carbon dots, and different types of graphene, metalorganic framework molecules, inorganic 2D materials and different composite and hybrid materials. A short history of the materials is followed by brief explanation of main features and functions of each material.

Learning outcomes

After the course, you will

  • know the basics of more advanced materials and how they were discovered
  • have an idea about their basic structure and about what kind of characteristics and properties can be expected.

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. 25-27 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
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