Aalto University Summer School

Nordic Biomaterials with CHEMARTS

Create new concepts for sustainable development by combining design and natural materials science.
Chemarts summer school 2019 tunnus
Project by Yu Chen & Chia-wen Hsu. Photo:Eeva Suorlahti

Teaching period:

-

Application period:

1.2.2021 – 31.5.2021

Course format:

Campus

Duration:

2 weeks full-time

Eligibility:

Doctoral
Master
Professional

Field of study:

Technology and Engineering

Credits:

6 ECTS

Organiser:

School of Chemical Engineering

Tuition fees:

1400€

The application period will open 1.2.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue and global consumption must decrease. However, our need for materials will not disappear: also in the future, materials will come to nurture us, cover us, comfort us, delight us, as well as keep us alive. This means that we need many new ideas, collaboration across all borders and hard work to replace our existing material systems and consumption habits with more sustainable ones. 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.

Nordic Biomaterials by CHEMARTS inspires students to combine design and material science for new cellulose-driven concepts and ideas. Combining natural materials with advanced technologies offer new possibilities for sustainable development within existing and emerging industries.

This graduate-level course teaches students with varying backgrounds (design, science, engineering, business) to combine design with material research. It introduces a broad spectrum of biomaterials, especially wood-and plant-based. During the course, students familiarise 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 circular economy

CHEMARTS Cookbook Foam experiments, Aalto University. Photo by Eeva Suorlahti.
CHEMARTS aims to inspire students to explore biomaterials and create new concepts for their use.

What is CHEMARTS?

CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses.

The main objective is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials. 

The application period will open 1.2.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

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