The notion of smart materials is quite new. This notion started in the 90’s, but many of the materials which are labelled as smart already existed before the 90’s. Even though their development in enginee­ring and scientific fields is huge, in the design area it is still uncommon.

The purpose of this elective is to learn about materials in general and smart materials. During the course, different smart materials are presented according to its classification and its applications are discussed. Students get hands on experience with smart materials and can experiment with new materials in workshop.

There will be a scientific focus on material science but no background in physics and chemistry are required.