MENA1001 – Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

How to use advanced materials in solar cells, fuel cells, and batteries? Advanced materials are the foundation for tomorrow’s electronics and energy technology for the green shift.

The course is an introductory course in materials science and is a mandatory part of Materialvitenskap for energi- og nanoteknologi (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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

Admission to the course

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.

Special admission requirements

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Chemistry (e.g. Kjemi 2) and Physics (e.g. Fysikk 2) from upper secondary school.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 56 hours of lectures (2 x 2 = 4 hours per week for 14 weeks), 40 hours of exercises/colloquia (4 hours per week for 10 weeks) and a mandatory laboratory course of 28 hours (4 practical exercises of 5 hours and a mandatory exercise (2 hours) before each laboratory exercise).

The laboratory course must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam. A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for four semesters beyond the semester it was approved. After this period, you must complete the laboratory course again to be able to sit for the exam.

Attendance at the first lecture, exercise and laboratory exercises is mandatory. You will not be permitted to take the course if you haven't notified the Department of Chemistry prior to the start of the first lecture/exercise/lab-course.

Before you can attend the first mandatory laboratory exercise, 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 laboratory exercise.

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


  • Written midterm exam, 1 hour, which counts 10 % towards the final grade.
  • Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 90 % towards the final grade.

In case of a documented valid reason for absence from the midterm exam, the final exam will count 100 %.

This course has a mandatory laboratory course, which must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MENA1000 – Materials, energy and nanotechnology (continued)

Examination support material

Calculator approved by the Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian)

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 28, 2022 3:42:29 AM

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