Biomaterials Science

Biomaterials Science specialization track at Aalto University has a strong focus on natural polymers, renewable recourses based polymers, biodegradable polymers and the interphase between polymer science and biological sciences.  Teaching methods like laboratory and group work, individual work, lecturing, project work, and problem based learning are being used. This track is for students with a solid background in chemistry or chemical engineering.

 

The goal of the Biomaterials Science track is to give the students skills and knowledge for utilizing biomass in an ecologically, economically and sustainable way, by adapting methods offered by modern polymer technology. The graduates will be able to work as experts in the field.

 

Learning outcomes

After completing their studies, students will understand the synthesis and characterisation of polymeric materials, both synthetic and natural polymers. These studies offer tools for developing expertise in tailoring materials based on structure/property relationships. In addition to skills in engineering, polymer technology, and bio product technology, the students will receive comprehensive knowledge in business, communication, problem solving and teamwork. Studies in this specialization track deepen understanding of plant-based raw materials, and give knowledge to assess alternative uses of them for sustainable development.

 

After completing the MSc degree, the student will have:

  1. good overall knowledge and understanding of synthesis and characterization of biobased polymeric materials
  2. knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods, as well as knowledge and skills for continuing and flexible learning
  3. knowledge and skills to understand the problems from the point of view of the end-users, technical and social systems, and of environment, ability to solve undefined problems
  1. skills to work in an international working environment, good language and communication skills proficiency in both oral and written communication, and ability to present professional results in a convincing manner

Courses

The courses are defined and confirmed annually, as a part of the curriculum of the Aalto School of Chemical Engineering.

 

 

First year: Polymer Technology and Polymeric Biomaterials (N5T), 60 ECTS

Obligatory courses 30 ECTS

CHEM-E2100

Polymer Synthesis

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E2120

Fibres and Fibre products

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E2130

Polymer Properties

5 ECTS

II

CHEM-E2110

Polymer Technology Laboratory Exercises

5 ECTS

I-II

CHEM-E2150

Interfacial Phenomena in Biobased Systems

5 ECTS

III-IV

CHEM-E2155

Biopolymers L

5 ECTS

III-IV

 

Elective courses (to reach 60 ECTS)

CHEM-E1110

Lignocellulose chemistry

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E1150

Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation

5 ECTS

III-V

CHEM-E2165

Computer aided visualization and scientific presentation

3-5 ECTS

V

CHEM-E2145

Polymer Reaction Engineering

5 ECTS

III-V

CHEM-E2210

Product Development – Project Course

10 ECTS

II-V

CHEM-A1610

Design Meets Biomaterials

3-5 ECTS

IV-V

CHEM-E1100

Plant Biomass

5 ECTS

I-II

CHEM-E0100

Academic Learning Community

5 ECTS

I-V

 

One language course supporting the master level studies may be included.

max 5 ECTS

 

 

 

 

 

Second year: Biomaterials Science (N5T) 30 ECTS

Obligatory if not included in prior studies (10 ECTS)

CHEM-E2100

Polymer Synthesis

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E2130

Polymer Properties

5 ECTS

II

 

 

Elective courses (to reach 30 ECTS)

CHEM-E1110

Lignocellulose chemistry

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E2140

 

Cellulose-based fibres

5 ECTS

I-II

CHEM-E2195

Interfacial Phenomena in Renewable Materials Research Project P V

5-10 ECTS

I, II, III, IV, V

CHEM-E2200

Polymer Blends and Composites

5 ECTS

I

CHEM-E2210

Product Development – Project Course

10 ECTS

II-V

CHEM-E2145

Polymer Reaction Engineering

5 ECTS

III-V

CHEM-E1150

Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation

5 ECTS

III-V

CHEM-E2165

Computer aided visualization and scientific presentation

3-5 ECTS

V

CHEM-EV

Individual study in Biomaterials Science

5-10 ECTS

I-II

CHEM-E5120

Interfaces and Nanomaterials

5 ECTS

I

 

One language course supporting the master’s thesis writing may be included.

max 5 ECTS

 

 

 

The Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

 

Master’s thesis in Aalto University is equivalent to 30 ECTS. Aalto University sets the following formal requirements for the Master’s thesis:

(i)                the topic of the thesis has to be accepted by Aalto University,

(ii)              the supervisor or co-supervisor of the thesis must be a professor in Aalto University,

(iii)           master’s thesis must have one or two advisors, holding minimum M.Sc. degree,

(iv)            the thesis must be assessed at Aalto University.

The Master’s thesis work is typically done in collaboration with one or more industrial companies, and the advisor(s) can also be from industry. The topic, supervisor, advisor(s), and the language for the thesis are approved officially by the Degree Programme Committee.