Materialising the Future – CHEMARTS 10 years
CHEMARTS is the long-term collaboration project between two Aalto University schools, initiated in 2011. The School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) combined forces with the aim of researching bio-based materials in an innovative way and creating new concepts for their advanced use. The core values are the sustainable use of natural resources, experimental working methods, and the respectful cross-pollination of design and material research. Over 500 students have taken part in the CHEMARTS courses over the past ten years. Tiny seeds of inspiration have grown into a versatile and international community of material enthusiasts.
Join CHEMARTS virtually at Milan and Helsinki Design Week
Materialising the Future across Europe: Datemats@Design Week Helsinki & Milano
Thursday 09.09.2021, 16:00-17:30 EEST (Helsinki time)
During this year’s edition of Milan and Helsinki Design Week, the Datemats project hosts an online event where experts in designing for and with Emerging Materials and Technologies illustrate their methodologies and offer an insights into their material world. The event is open to practitioners and students in the fields of architecture, engineering and design.
Examples of student projects
Nature is a constant source of inspiration for material research.
Betulina - Ancient remedies rediscovered by Sonja Dallyn & Linh Tong 2020
Birch polypore has been used in traditional medicine all around the Northern Hemisphere for thousands of years. Inspired by history and Finnish nature, Betulina is a minimally designed bandage that is activated by water. The notable properties of Fomitopsis Betulina in medical applications include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral and antiseptic agents.
Why recycle bio-based materials, for example, flower waste?
Flower Matter: innovative materials from flower waste by Irene Purasachit 2021
When moving towards a circular economy, we must consider all waste and side streams as raw materials for something new. For example, there is a massive amount of flower waste in landfills all around the world, often mixed with plastic and other non-biodegradable materials. Flower Matter aims to provide a solution to the floral waste problem by converting the waste into various kinds of materials, such as paper, bio-leather and bio-foam.
Can bio-based materials replace plastics?
DipWrap by Ena Naito, Louise Kallai, Emilia Ikävalko & Sari Kupiainen 2021
DipWrap is an experimental material project to find a sustainable alternative to plastic shrink wrap used to protect grocery store products. The interdisciplinary student team developed the idea and concept for DipWrap during the Design Meets Biomaterials CHEMARTS course in Spring 2021. The project was selected to represent Aalto University at the Biodesign Challenge competition and was nominated for "Outstanding Science Prize."
Exhibition team: Pirjo Kääriäinen, Saara Kantele, Irene Purasachit, Liisa Tervinen, Iines Jakovlev, Nina Riutta, Aarni Tujula, Tapani Vuorinen
Exhibition design: Saara Kantele
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021
We get dressed each and every day: clothes protect us and help us express ourselves. We can dress better when we re-design the whole textile process from manufacturing to use to recycling.
Construction gobbles up half of the world’s natural resources. Collaboration between scientists, designers, architects, the public sector and companies generates ideas that can make living environments and the construction industry more sustainable.
Biomaterials are the best options as we seek more sustainable ways for our current world of materials.
In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue, and global consumption must decrease.
Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts