Universität Wien FIND

270161 VU Bio-inspired Materials and Applications in Research (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 14 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal 4 Chemie HP Währinger Straße 42
Wednesday 27.04. 13:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal 4 Chemie HP Währinger Straße 42
Wednesday 04.05. 13:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal 4 Chemie HP Währinger Straße 42


Aims, contents and method of the course

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 lecture/workshop 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, amongst other functions. We will also explore how scientists are utilizing lessons from nature and a materials chemistry perspective to tackle the challenges of creating novel, hierarchically structured composites, particularly for hybrid and metal-organic framework based materials. Students will participate in discussions and critical analyses of research articles and methods described therein and submit with a written report, together with an oral presentation, on hierarchical structuring of materials.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment by class attendance, participation and discussion
Oral presentation and written report

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

100 points are awarded, based on class participation and discussion (20%), quality of oral presentation (40% weighting) and written report (40% weighting).

Grading scale (to be given by the course lecturer):
86-100 points: Very good
74-85 points: Well
62-73 points: Satisfactory
50-61 points: Sufficient
0-49 points: Not enough

Examination topics

Topics covered within the class and materials on Moodle.

Reading list

Research articles (as citations) will be given during the course

Association in the course directory

D.3, PC-4

Last modified: Tu 05.04.2022 12:49