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 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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.02.2020 - 13.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pekka Peljo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pekka Peljo, Kirsi Yliniemi, Kirsi Yliniemi

Contact information for the course (valid 24.01.2020-21.12.2112):

Pekka Peljo,

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:

    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.

  • 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course is graded based on individual and group tasks.

  • 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.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course includes contact sessions, project work and individual study.

  • 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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action