Course Information for 5501 - Molecular and Biomimetic Engineerng
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Primary Instructor: Russell J. Stewart
Designation:Elective
Credits: 3.0
Semesters Offered:Spring
Frequency Offered:Annual
Catalog Description: Nature is a direct source for many important technical materials, as well as a valuable source of new principles for bioinspired synthetic materials design. The primary theme of this course is the relationship between the unique properties of biological materials and their molecular and supra-molecular organization. The hierarchical organization of biological materials from the nano- to the macro-scale leads to emergent properties with regard to strength, resilience, and toughness. In depth topics will include: hard, mineralized materials, like teeth and mollusk shells; soft fibrous structural materials, like keratins and silks; environmental stimulus responsive materials; interfacial adhesion and non-adhesion in nature; and biological materials precisely organized on the length scale of visible light to create natural optical devices. A second major theme is the prospect of mimicking the unique qualities of natural materials with synthetic materials.
Course Syllabus:Syllabus_5501.pdf