Form of learning:
The application period for Nordic Biomaterials starts 1.2.2023.
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.
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 the circular economy.
- Familiarize 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
- The ability to develop innovative ideas through hands-on prototyping and experimenting with materials
- Awareness of the main sustainability issues related to this field
- Understand the principles of scaling the ideas towards innovations and even commercialisation
- Experience of an interdisciplinary working environment in practice
Applying to the course
Apply by May 31st 2023. Note that all Summer School courses have rolling admission. Once the course is full, the registration is closed. The course accepts applications from exchange students, Aalto degree students and professionals and other lifelong learners. The minimum requirement is a finished Bachelor's degree.
The tuition fee for external students is 1600€ (including VAT 24%).
There is no tuition fee for Aalto degree students and nominated exchange students from a partner institution of Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering. Reduced tuition fee (30%) for students from Aalto University partner institutions who are not nominated for exchange.