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.


• In depth knowledge on selected biobased materials and technologies
• Knowledge on planning, executing, documenting, communicating and presenting experimental working processes and results in a professional way
• Ability to develop innovative ideas through interdisciplinary collaboration, experimenting with materials and hands-on prototyping

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 06.04.2021

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pirjo Kääriäinen, Tapani Vuorinen

Contact information for the course (valid 06.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Prof. Tapani Vuorinen (CHEM),

Prof. Pirjo Kääriäinen (ARTS),

Teacher Iina Solala,

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:

    Students work individually or in small groups with an aim of developing a material or product of renewable carbon sources.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    main focus of the course in advanced and innovative uses of plant biomass
    sources and fractions that are not suitable for food production. The life cycle
    and other sustainability aspects of the production form an essential
    part of the project. In an ideal case, 2-3 students with complementing skills
    and knowledge and a shared interest team with each other. The project topics
    may come from the students or they can be built on the research in the
    participating departments. The availability of infrastructure and advisor resources may limit selection of topics, e.g. growing organisms is not typically allowed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Working process, project report/learning diary, seminar presentation

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Realization of the learning outcomes will be assessed based on student's/students' project report/learning diary, seminar presentation and feedback discussion. The subareas to be evaluated are: (i) formulation of project scope and goals, (ii) use of prior information, (iii) use of experimental methods, (iv) written documentation of the project, (v) oral presentation of the project, (vi) contribution and results. Each subarea has equal weight on the final grade.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 5 h (introduction, seminar), independent work 130 h (planning the project, working in laboratory, writing a report, preparing a seminar presentation)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    total workload of the coarse is 135-270 h depending on the number of credit
    points (5-10).

    • Contact teaching (introduction, seminar) 5 h
    • Independent work in laboratory 60 h (5 cr), 120 h (10 cr)
    • Other independent work (information search, planning, reporting) 70 h (5 cr), 145 h (10 cr)


Study Material
  • Applies in this implementation:

    In general, students' prior knowledge and skills on bio-based materials are expected to be on the minimum level of: Kääriäinen, Tervinen, Vuorinen, Riutta (Eds.), The CHEMARTS Cookbook, Aalto ARTS Books, 2020. Other useful background materials include: Kataja, Kääriäinen (Eds.), Designing Cellulose for the Future: Design-Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWOC) 2013-2018. Final Report, 2018 and Kääriäinen, Tervinen (Eds.), Lost in the Wood(s): The New Biomateriality in Finland. Aalto ARTS Books, 2017. Otherwise students are expected to search information from scientific articles and other sources depending on their project topics.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MUO-ExxxXXX CHEMARTS Summer School 2.0 (5 cr) and CHEM-Evuorinen1 CHEMARTS Project (5-10 cr) substitute MUO-C1044 CHEMARTS Summer School (10-15 cr) .

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-A1610 Design Meets Biomaterials or CHEM-C3320 Plant Biomass or MUO-ExxxXXX CHEMARTS Summer School 2.0

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    15 Life on Land


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The alternative times for taking the course are (i) periods I-II, (ii) periods III-IV and (iii) summer. In each case, the first two weeks are reserved for project planning and the last two weeks for finalizing the reporting.