Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student will

● Be familiar with and inspired by Finnish biomaterials, including cellulose fibers, micro- and nanofibrillar cellulose, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark extractives and novel combinations of these
● Understand the basics of material sustainability
● Know basic methods and safety rules in explorative material research
● Have experience on interdisciplinary working environment in practice
● Be able to discuss and to apply the gained knowledge in material experiments

Credits: 3

Schedule: 01.03.2019 - 10.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pirjo Kääriäinen, Tapani Vuorinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tapani Vuorinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introductory lectures to bio-based materials, material research and design. Experimenting with bio-based materials in laboratory. A material design project in groups. Final seminar on the design projects.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Working in laboratory, design project and final presentation. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, laboratory works, seminar presentation, individual/group work.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kääriäinen, Tervinen, Vuorinen, Riutta (eds.), The Chemarts Cookbook, Aalto University, 2020.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The student needs to pass the electronic CHEM-E0140 Laboratory Safety Course (0 cr) (or equivalent CHEM's laboratory safety training) before the laboratory works begin.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    15 Life on Land