In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue and global consumption must decrease. If used wisely, wood- and plant-based materials offer one possible pathway towards a more sustainable material world: they come from renewable sources, can be modified on a chemical level, and can be used for recyclable or biodegradable products. Combining natural materials with advanced technologies offer new possibilities for sustainable development within existing and emerging industries.
The aim of Nordic Biomaterials with CHEMARTS is to inspire students to combine design and material science for new cellulose-driven concepts and ideas. It introduces a broad spectrum of biomaterials, especially wood-and plant-based. During the course, students familiarise themselves with practice-based material research, experience how interdisciplinary material research happens in practice, and explore how raw materials could be turned into innovative business ideas in the context of the circular economy.
After the course students
- have familiarized with materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants, such as cellulose fibres, fibrils (micro- or nano-structured), lignin, bark extractives and novel combinations of these
- have ability to develop innovative ideas through hands-on prototyping and experimenting with materials
- are aware of the main sustainability issues related to this field
- understand the principles of scaling the ideas towards innovations and even commercialisation
- have an experience of an interdisciplinary working environment in practice
NOTE: All participants need to complete the CHEM-E0140 Laboratory Safety course and pass the exam before entering the laboratories! You can access the Laboratory Safety Course by clicking this link.
Check the course schedule below.