Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.02.2020 - 13.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Päivi Laaksonen

Other teachers: Uni. Teacher Kirsi Yliniemi

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

Pekka Peljo,

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course students can

- find correlation between functional natural and synthetic materials on molecular and macroscopic level.

- identify some critical phenomena/structures in natural materials and evaluate their performance and suitability in technological environment.

- apply innovative thinking in materials and products design based on deep understanding of materials structure.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will focus on the basic question of biomimetics: "How to develop better technological solutions by getting inspiration from Nature?" The topics of the course are the following:

- Definition of biomimetics

- Material properties, systems and environments

- Material charts for material selection

- Functionalities obtained by biomimetic solutions, especially at nanoscale

The course contains also a project work in which biomimetic solutions are investigated in material design.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

"Should know" content: Material charts for material selection 

"Nice to know" content: 

Specific examples of biomimetic materials for example in materials for medical or technological applications.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course is graded based on individual and group tasks.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Each Individual Task provides you points which all contribute to the grade. The Group Work is divided into separate tasks (Ashby diagram, 1st version the report, final report and presentation) and also all these influence the grade.

There is no exam in the end, but the grade is determined by the individual and groups tasks.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Flipped Classroom method is utilized in this course, resulting in the following workload:

12 h contact sessions

56 h Project Work

63 h Individual study (preparation for & reflections of contact sessions, short reports)

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

16 h Contact Sessions

55 h Group Work

60 h Individual tasks (preparation for and reflections of the contact sessions)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

M.F. Ashby, P.J. Ferreira, D.L. Schodek: Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design - An Introduction for Engineers and Architects; A. von Gleich, Potential and trends in biomimetics, 2009 Springer, handouts and scientific articles.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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