Topic outline

  • Content: Students work individually or in small groups with an aim of developing a material or product of renewable carbon sources. The course is student-driven, and the role of the tutors is to support students’ working process. No lectures, but short joint meetings will be organised for students to share their process. Results will be presented on 27th August.

    Learning goals:

    • 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

    Evaluation criteria:  Idea development and working process (50%), documentation of the working process and results (project report) (25%), outcome and seminar presentation (25%).

    Final report: A final report, presenting the results of the project, should be submitted at the end of the course. The DL is 13.9. The format is free, but here is a sample structure that can be used:

    Introduction: Introduce your project topic and the goals of the project.

    Materials and methods: Introduce the materials that you have used and why you chose to use them. Present documentation of your experiments in the laboratory (for example in the form of photos you have taken and also describe shortly how your samples were produced). 

    Results and conclusions: Describe what you achieved in your project. Describe how the goals were achieved and you can also discuss challenges that you had during the process. Suggestions for future research can be included (for example, what would still need to be improved in the material/production process for the application of the material). Here are examples of other aspects that you can cover:

    • How could the envisioned product be manufactured?
    • Who would use the product, how would it benefit the society or solve a problem?
    • How could the product be reused or disposed of after its lifetime?

    References: Include a reference list in the end and remember to also mark the references in the text and under images/figures.

    Please also include a daily work log as an attachment to your final report, indicating the hours you have spent working on the project. 

    Final presentation: Prepare a 15 min presentation for the final seminar which will be organized on 27.8. The presentation should include an introduction to your project and a summary of the main results. 

    All projects will be photographed in a studio after the presentations, and some of them might be displayed in the Materialising the Future- CHEMARTS 10 years exhibition in Otaniemi campus 9.-29.9. (Väre building)

    Contact information: 

    Pirjo Kääriäinen, pirjo.kaariainen@aalto.fi, on holiday 5.7-30.7

    Tapani Vuorinen, tapani.vuorinen@aalto.fi, on holiday 5.7-30.7

    Janika Lehtonen (contact for laboratory reservations), janika.lehtonen@aalto.fi, on holiday 19.7-6.8 and 30.8-3.9

    Iines Jakovlev, iines.jakovlev@aalto.fi, on holiday 19.7-30.7

    Nina Riutta, nina.riutta@aalto.fi, on holiday 5.7-9.7

    Irene Purasachit, irene.purasachit@aalto.fi