|Laboratory of Materials Science
Location: Tampere, Finland
Tampere University (TAU, Tampereen korkeakoulusaatio sr,) was created on 1 January 2019
as a merger of Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and University of Tampere (UTA).
Multidisciplinary, foundation-based Tampere University is Finland’s second-largest
university. TAU conducts scientific research in technology, health and society and provides
the highest education within these fields. Tampere University Foundation that operates as
Tampere University is also the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied
Sciences. This new higher education community in Tampere consists of 30,000 students, 330
professors and 4,400 employees.
In 2017 the total income of the two universities was 322 M€ of which 42 % was external
research funding. TAU ranks fourth among all Finnish participants in H2020 funding. TAU’s
predecessors TUT and UTA have long experience on EU funding and have an EU support
team dealing with legal, financial and administrative issues. Both TUT and UTA have been
awarded with the European Commission’s “HR Excellence in Research” logo.
Engineering Materials Science (EMS) and Automation Technology and Mechanical Engineering (ATME)
Materials Science and Environmental Engineering (MSEE) is merged from Laboratory of
Materials Science and Laboratory of Chemistry and Bioengineering, MSEE has 20 professors,
and around 190 academic staff. The Engineering Materials Science (EMS) part, about half of
the MSEE, is led by Prof. Erkki Levänen, and its teaching and research activities are covering
all material groups, i.e., metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. The cornerstone of
research and teaching at Engineering Materials Science is high-level basic research of the
materials structure, processing, and performance.
The Automation Technology and Mechanical Engineering (ATME) offers a wide-ranging
environment for teaching and research corresponding to the needs of more and more
complex world. Teaching and research of the laboratory covers not only the basic
technologies for automation and mechanical engineering, but also the whole product
process of a mechanical system from product development to production engineering and
life-cycle management with intersecting areas of engineering intelligence and sustainable
- Participation in surface interactions with pulsed laser interference patterns.
- Participation in the design and prototyping of laser interference lithography systems for in-situ application.
- Demonstrates synthesis of locally photoactive functional surfaces and nanowires
- Contributes project management through leadership of dissemination and exploitation
Prof. Erkki Levänen leads the Nanostencil activity at TAU. He is the head of the Engineering
Materials Science focusing his research interests in functional ceramics especially at the
energy and environmental applications. His work ranges from material synthesis to novel
processing techniques and advanced characterization methods as well as application
oriented research. The nanoparticle and thin film synthesis include sol-gel, supercritical
carbon dioxide assisted synthesis, pulsed laser ablation and pyrolysis methods aiming to
multifunctional materials with enhanced durability and self-recovery. Professor Levänen is
currently author of 97 peer reviewed papers and three patents.