Jyväskylä, Finland

Biomineralization and Biological Materials

when 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC

The course will take a view on biological matter from the materials perspective. Nature is the architect for some of the hardest, softest, most brilliant and even self-healing materials. We will explore different classes of materials from silk proteins over chitin and calcium minerals in shells and bones up to the intricate glass structures in radiolarians and diatoms. The secret of their superb mechanical and optical properties can be found in their nanostructure composition, in which many different materials are combined intimately. Nanoscientists, chemists, physicists, biologists as well as engineers may find in this topic many interdisciplinary connections between their disciplines.

Course leader

Lecturer: Thomas Fuhrmann-Lieker

Coordinator: Saara Kaski

Target group

Jyväskylä Summer School offers courses to advanced Master's students, graduate students, and post-docs from the field of Mathematics and Science and Information Technology.

Prerequisites: Bachelor level knowledge on natural sciences

Course aim

Learning outcomes: The participants will see how biological materials can be understood in an interdisciplinary way combining approaches from biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. They obtain knowledge about the structure and mechanical and optical properties of selected biomaterials.

Fee info

EUR 0: Participation in the Summer School courses is free of charge, but students are responsible for covering their own meals, accommodation and travel costs as well as possible visa costs.


Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant Summer School students financial support.