Smart Materials: Microscale and Macroscale Approaches

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  • Smart Materials: Key Concepts
    • The module focuses on the key concepts of smart materials. We discuss the definition of smart materials, perform an overview of materials with smart properties, and offer specific terminology that you can learn with the Quizlet platform.
  • Behind Smart Properties
    • The module focuses on nanoscale and microscale features behind the properties of smart materials. You will see that the majority of smart properties root in the nanoscale organization of matter and supramolecular interactions.
  • Smart Materials: Research Methods
    • This module introduces macroscale research methods that can be useful for characterization of smart materials. We subdivide research techniques into three main groups: microscopy, spectroscopy, and numerical methods. We also perform experiments with real smart materials.
  • Lab on chip for smart materials
    • In this module, we focus on an exciting microscale approach to fabrication, modification, and characterization of smart materials, that is microfluidics. We will learn how to fabricate microfluidic chips, simulate microfluidic processes, and perform experiments with soft matter in confinement.
  • From properties to applications: inspiring trends
    • This module finalizes the course by introducing trends in applications of smart materials. We will discuss both well-established and emerging technologies that use smart materials such as shape memory alloys, target drug delivery systems, liquid crystals, and quantum dots.