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Course module: 202000168
Materials for the Design of the Future
Course info
Course module202000168
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. F. Grunert
PreviousNext 3
dr. M.D.P. Bernal Ortega
prof.dr. A. Blume
dr. W.K. Dierkes
F.A. van Elburg
Contactperson for the course
dr. F. Grunert
Academic year2023
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISNo
Intended LOs:
After the AIMS course, the student can…
  1. understand how material properties are related to the structure and composition of a material, especially polymers.
  2. specify the requirements for specific functionalities.
  3. give advice for material choices to realize (at first-hand conflicting) functionalities.
  4. apply knowledge about materials learned in the lectures and found in literature in innovative/unconventional applications (e.g. space).
  5. explain how materials can interact with each other using the correct interaction mechanisms.
  6. understand how SMART materials (e.g. self-healing polymers and piezoelectric materials) function.
  7. create a clear scientific output about a specific innovative material/application, including findings from the literature.
  8. evaluate the material choice for a design from a technical and social view and formulate the impact on humans and society.

After the HTSF course, the student can…
  1. analyze critically public available information about sustainability issues concerning thermoplastics and elastomers
  2. judge the impact of our own behavior on the environment
  3. compare solutions to create a more sustainable environment with a focus on thermoplastics and elastomers
  4. understand the cradle-to-cradle loop for thermoplastics and elastomers
  5. discuss the pros and cons of different sustainable approaches
  6. understand different strategies of companies heading for more sustainability
This HTHT module discerns itself from this standard module with the strong link to current industrial research through the input from invited speakers from industry and a strong integrating project.

The aircraft and automotive industries are among the leading industries for new developments in terms of innovative materials and technologies, and many of them are based on polymers. This minor provides a broad insight, staring from the development of innovative materials, special technological functionalities and possibilities to improve their sustainability and recyclability. It is divided into 3 parts: a course about material technology, a course about the sustainable future and a design process project.

The Minor “Materials for the Design of the Future” consist of 3 different elements:
  1. Part I: Course - Advanced and Innovative Materials Science (AIMS)
  2. Part II: Course - Heading towards a sustainable future (HTSF)
  3. Part III: Project - Materials for the design of the future (PMDF)
Part I: Advanced and Innovative Material Science (AIMS):
In the course Advanced and Innovative Material Science (AIMS), different aspects of materials will be introduced. The course contains three main directions. First, lectures about materials in general will be given with a focus on polymers. Secondly, the interaction mechanisms and interfaces between materials will be discussed. Lastly, the focus lies on materials used in advanced and innovative applications, such as self-healing and other SMART materials. During the course, one group assignment will be organized, where students are asked to investigate a material or application in more detail.

Part II: Heading towards a sustainable future (HTSF)
The newly developed course “Heading towards a sustainable future (HTSF)” deals with recent challenges and solutions to improve the sustainability of modern materials, in specific polymers. 4 main topics will be covered within this course:
  1. National and International policies with regards to sustainability and recycling of polymers, recycling streams, circular economy, REACH legislations and life cycle analysis (LCA)
  2. Recycling of plastics, elastomers and composite materials incl. microplastic challenges and solutions
  3. New biobased solutions with regards to biomasses, monomers, polymers and additives
  4. Recent trends of the industry incl. guest lectures from companies
The course is supported by experts from different chairs at the UT as well as guest lectures from the industry who gives insights into newest trends and developments.

Part III: Project Materials for the design of the future (PMDF):
During the project, students combine their gained knowledge of the 2 courses to create, evaluate and improve their own polymeric materials. The design process consists of working in teams. The process will be presented and discussed with peers on a regular base

Assumed previous knowledge
An Interest in material science and engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
Interfaces and Catalysis, G.T. Barnes & I.R. Gentle, Interfacial science: an introduction, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-957118-5
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Project supervised
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AIMS assignment and written exam

HTSF assignment and written exam

PROJ assignment and presentation

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