|Teaching method||Contact hours|
|Course coordinator(s)||dr. ir. JHB Sprakel|
|dr. TE Kodger|
|Examiner(s)||dr. ir. JHB Sprakel|
|dr. TE Kodger|
Language of instruction:
Specialisation courses in Molecular Life Sciences
The use and availability of materials has shaped our society for centuries. From the bronze and iron ages of the past, to the silicon age of the present, material science has driven technological and societal changes. Materials of the present are increasingly formed from polymers as building block. This course will present an inspiring overview of the state-of-the-art in designer polymeric materials, ranging from the latest advances in DNA nanotechnology and protein engineering, the use of biobased building blocks to mechano-biology inspired mechano-chemistry and ultratough polymers and adhesives. For all of these topics, we will seek inspiration in Nature, to learn how Nature designs its functional (nano)materials and extract design principles to work towards synthetic materials with new and unique properties, designed from the bottom up. To do so, this interdisciplinary course, will encompass aspects from polymer chemistry, material physics, engineering, biotechnology and biology. In addition to the lectures by teachers working at the frontiers of this field, you will work in groups on designing your own material of the future. A special focus will be put on communicating your design to the world.
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe and apply basic material design concepts, including structure-function relationships, bottom-up design, and molecular engineering;
- describe and apply design strategies employed by Nature, and its abstraction to synthetic realisations;
- identify how material science can contribute to the societal challenges of today, including sustainability issues, bio-based economy and green energy;
- evaluate the material science challenges of the future using the knowledge of bottom-up design strategies;
- create a design for new materials from the molecular level up using knowledge of design concepts and societal challenges;
- communicate scientific work effectively to the world using new media;
- guest lectures;
- material design study in groups;
- communicating work to the world using new media.
- written exam 2x (33%);
- group report (67%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass. Marks for components will remain valid for 3 years.
To be provided during the course.
|Compulsory for:||MML||Molecular Life Sciences||MSc||1WD|