MENA1001 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology

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Course content

The course is an introductory course in materials science and is a mandatory part of Materials science for energy and nanotechnology (bachelor). The course gives a basis in physics and chemistry with emphasis on materials for energy technology and nanotechnology. The course can be a useful and interesting optional course in other bachelor programs.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you have fundamental knowledge about mechanics, electromagnetism, various forms of energy, and thermodynamics,
  • you know how basic quantum mechanics describes orbitals, which provides the fundament for the atoms and their properties, the periodic table of the elements , and various types of bonds in molecules and solids,
  • you know concepts of stoichiometry and chemical amounts, you know the relationship between chemical reaction kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamic and electrochemical terms, and you can calculate spontaneity, equilibria, and cell potentials,
  • you have an overview of important classes of structural and functional materials and a fundamental understanding of how composition, structure, and defects determine their mechanical, optical, electrical, magnetic, and chemical properties,
  • you know principles and tools for nanoscience and some important materials and applications within nanotechnology, as well as considerations of health, safety, and environment (HSE) and ethical, legal, and societal aspects (ELSA),
  • you have an overview of fossil and renewable energy sources, conversion and transport of energy, and technologies for reducing pollution and emission of climate gases, with emphasis on the use of advanced materials and nanotechnology,
  • you are familiar with laboratory work in physics, chemistry, and energy conversion, and can prepare and carry out simple laboratory experiments and use a laboratory journal for documentation.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Chemistry (e.g. Kjemi 2) and physics (e.g. Fysikk 2).

Overlapping courses


The course is internet supported and includes 56 hours of lectures, 40 hours of exercises/colloquia and a compulsory lab-course of 28 hours (4 practical exercises of 5 hours and a compulsory 2 hours exercise before each laboratory exercise). The lectures and lab-course must be approved prior to the final examination.

Attendance at the first lecture, exercise and lab-course is mandatory. You will not be permitted to take the course if notice of valid absence is not given to the reception at the Department of Chemistry prior to the start of the first lecture/exercise/lab-course.

Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following courses:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 when you attend the first mandatory lab.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Written digital mid-term examination (1 hour) counts 10% and digital final examination (4 hours) at the end of the semester counts 90 % of the final grade. The laboratory course must have been completed and approved for the student to partake in the final examination.

Examination support material

Approved calculator.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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