Eric Dufresne: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018

Name Prof. Dr. Eric Dufresne
FieldSoft and Living Materials
Weiche und Lebende Materialien
ETH Zürich, HCI H 529
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 44 84
RelationshipFull Professor

327-1204-00LMaterials at Work I4 credits4SR. Spolenak, E. Dufresne, R. Koopmans
AbstractThis course attempts to prepare the student for a job as a materials engineer in industry. The gap between fundamental materials science and the materials engineering of products should be bridged. The focus lies on the practical application of fundamental knowledge allowing the students to experience application related materials concepts with a strong emphasis on case-study mediated learning.
ObjectiveTeaching goals:

to learn how materials are selected for a specific application

to understand how materials around us are produced and manufactured

to understand the value chain from raw material to application

to be exposed to state of the art technologies for processing, joining and shaping

to be exposed to industry related materials issues and the corresponding language (terminology) and skills

to create an impression of how a job in industry "works", to improve the perception of the demands of a job in industry
ContentThis course is designed as a two semester class and the topics reflect the contents covered in both semesters.

Lectures and case studies encompass the following topics:

Strategic Materials (where do raw materials come from, who owns them, who owns the IP and can they be substituted)
Materials Selection (what is the optimal material (class) for a specific application)
Materials systems (subdivisions include all classical materials classes)
Joining (assembly)
Materials and process scaling (from nm to m and vice versa, from mg to tons)
Sustainable materials manufacturing (cradle to cradle) Recycling (Energy recovery)

After a general part of materials selection, critical materials and materials and design four parts consisting of polymers, metals, ceramics and coatings will be addressed.

In the fall semester the focus is on the general part, polymers and alloy case studies in metals. The course is accompanied by hands-on analysis projects on everyday materials.
LiteratureManufacturing, Engineering & Technology
Serope Kalpakjian, Steven Schmid
ISBN: 978-0131489653
Prerequisites / NoticeProfound knowledge in Physical Metallurgy and Polymer Basics and Polymer Technology required (These subjects are covered at the Bachelor Level by the following lectures: Metalle 1, 2; Polymere 1,2)
327-2131-00LMaterials of Life Restricted registration - show details
Only for Materials Science BSc.
3 credits3GE. Dufresne
AbstractThis course examines the materials underlying living systems. We will consider the basic building blocks of biological systems, the processes which organize them, the resulting structures, their properties and functions.
ObjectiveStudents will apply basic materials science concepts in a new context while deepening their knowledge of biology. Emphasis on estimating key physical quantities through 'back of the envelope' estimates and simple numerical calculations.
ContentI. The physics of life
a. Length scales
b. Time scales
c. Energy flow

II. The chemistry of life:
a. Water: key properties and interactions
b. Macromolecules
i. Nucleic Acids
ii. Proteins
iii. Carbohydrates
c. Lipids: phase behaviour
d. Inorganics

III. Living Materials in Cellular Physiology
a. Nucleus: information and control
b. Cytoskeleton: mechanics
c. Mitochondria: energy
d. Plasma Membrane: compartmentalization and transport

IV. Living Tissues as Materials
a. Muscle: active material
b. Bone: remodeled material
c. Wood: hierarchical material
Lecture notesLecture notes will be available for download after each lecture.