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Properties of functional materials

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The research on the synthesis and characterisation of functional materials is crucial for future technologies for energy capture, storage and conversion, for health care and for materials having properties for more sustainable solutions as recycling, self-healing.

Course contents

  • Presentation of chemical and electrochemical synthesis and conversion of different advanced materials.
  • An introduction to composite synthesis, a tool for optimising and tuning of desired materials properties.
  • Several techniques for nanostructuring of both organic and inorganic material.
  • Characterisation of the materials is discussed and several possible techniques for imaging or investigating the surface properties, conductance, electronic structure etc.
  • Special focus is put on in situ/operando measurements of organic semiconductor materials and catalysis reactions.

Learning outcomes

After the course, you will

  • know several ways of obtaining advanced materials
  • also know the main properties of the materials and be familiar with several characterization techniques suitable for solid materials
  • be able to evaluate materials properties and to understand application possibilities and limitations of new materials that include composites, hybrid, biomimetic and nanomaterials, and active, functional, responsive and smart materials.

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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Continuously on-going
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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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