Bioinspired Designer Materials

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WMCH19001
Vaknaam Bioinspired Designer Materials
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Bioinspired Designer Materials
Leerdoelen At the end of the course the student should be able to:
1. understand design strategies developed by Nature to build functional cellular structures.
2. describe and apply basic material design concepts used in biological science and material science, such as structure-function relationships.
3. describe and apply molecular design strategies, including controlled polymerisations and colloid synthesis approaches.
4. identify how material science can contribute to the societal challenges of today, including sustainability issues, biobased economy and green energy.
5. evaluate the challenges of the future at the interface between biological science and material science using the knowledge of bottom-up design strategies.
Omschrijving The delicate organization of biomolecules into functional cellular structures and the design of new high-tech materials may appear to be separate worlds at first glance. However, all forms of matter share common principles of organization; they are made by arranging smaller (bio)molecular precursors into functional materials, whose structure and properties are designed by encoding intermolecular interactions into their chemical structure.
In fact, the design principles that Nature has evolved over millions of years, resulting in structures with unique functionality, adaptability and complexity, now forms the inspiration for the development of new synthetic materials with properties that mimic or even exceed their natural counterparts.
In this course, we will search for the principles of Nature’s design strategy, and explore how these principles can be used in the chemistry of novel materials, offering an integrated approach that connects the fascinating world of biological structures to the materials chemistry of today.
To do so, this interdisciplinary course, will encompass aspects from polymer chemistry, (material) physics, and engineering.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final mark: Written exam (75%), Assignment (25%). See remarks.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. M.M.G. Kamperman
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.M.G. Kamperman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Patterns in Nature (2017) Philip Ball 9780226332420 €  30,00
Opmerkingen For both the written exam as for the assignment a grade higher than 5.5 needs to be obtained.
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