Due to the corona virus precautions, we have modified the tasks from the original (see the revised schedule below). Although all groups got some experience in laboratory work in the beginning, we have moved mostly learning through documented materials and applying this knowledge in own concept cases. Yet, experimentation is still possible if you can organize it at home, following e.g. the recipes and methods described in The CHEMARTS Cook Book. In one of the assignments, you need to work as a group to reach the set learning targets for this part.
We will organize online tutoring for each group on Fridays starting from week 14. In addition, you can request for help any time as needed. The grading of the course will be based on participation, working process and the outcome (seminar presentation, individual reports).REVISED SCHEDULE
Weeks 9-11: Lectures and laboratory works as was originally planned.
Weeks 12-14: Individual assignment based on use of literature or own experimentation.
April 6: Deadline for the individual assignment.
Weeks 16-19: Group assignment based on use of literature (may include some experimentation).
May 8: Presentations on the group assignments in Zoom.
If you continue for 5 credit points
Weeks 20-22: Individual assignment based on use of literature (may include some experimentation).
May 29: Deadline for the individual assignment.
CHEM-A1610 Design Meets Biomaterials (3-5 cr) is part of CHEMARTS in Aalto University (http://chemarts.aalto.fi/, https://www.facebook.com/chemarts.aalto/). The main objective of CHEMARTS is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials. CHEMARTS consists of various actions, such as multidisciplinary study courses, summer projects and externally funded research projects.
CHEM-A1610 Design Meets Biomaterials is an introductory course to CHEMARTS and open to any Aalto student to participate. There are no prerequisites, only open mindset, curiosity to biomaterials and design, and commitment to work in multidisciplinary groups is required. In CHEMARTS students have freedom to create and fail – and to succeed. In addition to the their learning experience, CHEMARTS students prepare biomaterial samples that have got great visibility.
After completing CHEM-A1610 Design Meets Biomaterials you can continue with the other CHEMARTS courses, MUO-C1044 CHEMARTS Summer School (10-15 cr) and CHEM-E1100 Plant Biomass (5 cr). These courses can also make CHEMARTS minor in your degree. From study year 2020-2021, MUO-C1044 will be replaced by MUO-E0101 CHEMARTS Summer School 2.0 (5 cr) and CHEM-E0180 CHEMARTS Project (5-10 cr). CHEM-E0180 will be organized first time in fall 2020 (also spring 2021 and summer 2021) and MUO-E0101 in summer 2021.
NOTE: CHEM does not allow anyone to work in its laboratory spaces without first passing CHEM's laboratory safety exam. If you have not passed the exam earlier, you need to enroll on CHEM-E0140 Laboratory Safety course and pass the exam as soon as possible, latest before entering the laboratories.