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270159 SE Bio-inspired Materials and Applications in Research (2018S)

1.50 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Language: English



24.05. Seminar room 2 15.00 - 17.00
28.05. Seminar room 2 15.00 - 17.00
30.05. Seminar room 2 15.30 - 17.00 s.t.
07.06. Seminar room 2 15.00 - 17.00
13.06. Seminar room 2 15.00 - 17.00


Aims, contents and method of the course

Nature’s biological composites, such as mother-of-pearl, or iridescent butterfly wings, possess incredible structural complexity, which is integral to their functionality. However, the incorporation of such structural and functional complexities into synthetic mimics of natural composites remains a major challenge in materials research. In this seminar series, we will look at how Nature’s biological materials are structured for improved 1) strength and toughness; 2) to incorporate self-healing capabilities and 3) to display their fascinating array structural colours. We will also explore how scientists are utilizing lessons from nature and a materials chemistry perspective to tackle the challenges of creating novel, multifunctional composites.

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Association in the course directory

EF-1, EF-2, EF-3, Doktorat

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