* Duration: 2 weeks/ 5 hours per week
* Free online course
* Start date: 05 March 2018
For centuries natural materials have been used by people to meet their daily needs. Discover how scientists are using their knowledge of the molecular structure of naturally occurring compounds to develop new and exciting materials. From clothing to tooth enamel, the possibilities are endless. You’ll also consider the chemistry behind the development of everyday consumer, and consider the ethics behind the products you use.
What topics will you cover?
- Everyday biomaterials and their molecular properties.
- The molecular structure of wool and silk and how this has developed over the last century.
- The influence of natural materials on the development of man-made fibres.
- The potential uses of self-assembling peptides within the human body.
- The creation of hydrogels from self-assembling peptides.
- The development of synthetic spider silk.
- The future of bio-inspired materials.
- The creation of composite biomaterials that combine organic and inorganic components.
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