Bioinspired Designer Materials

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMCH009-05
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 the design strategies developed by nature to build functional materials, such as protein self-assembly and surface structuring.
2. Understand structure-function relationships that are found in biological systems and apply them in materials science, such as surface microstructures and adhesion and foams and mechanical toughness.
3. Explain and apply molecular design strategies that can be used for the development of new synthetic functional systems, including controlled polymerizations, surface patterning and colloid synthesis approaches.
4. Define and calculate/ estimate parameters relevant for bioinspired engineering.
5. Use the acquired knowledge for solving numerical problems in the field of bioinspired engineering.
6. Analyze relevant scientific literature, and present the contents to a non-expert audience.
Omschrijving The delicate organization of biomolecules into functional 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 macromolecular 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 biology, polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering. Topics that will be addressed include protein assembly, block copolymer self-assembly, wetting, adhesion, micropatterned adhesives, slippery surfaces, photonic crystals, colloid synthesis phase separation, complex coacervation, supramolecular polymers, viscoelasticity and structural materials.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Final mark: Written exam (75%), Presentation (25%). See remarks.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. M.M.G. Kamperman
Docent(en) dr. A.H. Hofman ,prof. dr. M.M.G. Kamperman
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Lecture slides + scientific articles that will be made available during the course
Opmerkingen For both the written exam as for the presentation a grade higher than 5.5 needs to be obtained.

This course was registered last year with course code WMCH19001
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Applied Physics  ( Keuzevakken in Bio-inspired Design for Future Technologies) - semester I b keuze: BDFT
MSc Chemical Engineering  (Electives Courses Chemical Engineering) - semester I b keuze
MSc Chemistry: Advanced Materials  ( Core Programme) - semester I b keuzegroep
MSc Chemistry: Catalysis and Green Chemistry  (Electives) - semester I b keuze
MSc Chemistry: Chemical Biology  (Electives) - semester I b keuze
MSc Chemistry: Science, Business and Policy  (Electives) - semester I b keuze
MSc Physics: Advanced Materials  ( Keuzevakken in Biological and Bio-inspired Materials) - semester I b keuze: BBM
MSc Physics: Science, Business and Policy  (Keuzevakken in Advanced Materials) 1 semester I b keuze: AM