PhD Course on 'Smart Materials and Methods'

Course code: FYNB41 (Within Doctoral Study Programme in Materials Science and Engineering)

Course Director and Examiner: Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari

Purpose and Scope

The engineering of stimuli-responsive materials by triggers is the recent arena of materials science and technology. It is a newly emerging supra-disciplinary field with both applied and commercial research potentials. Such materials are also known as smart and/or intelligent materials, answer by a consider-able change in their properties to small changes in their physical and/or chemical environments. Smart materials are becoming increasingly more prevalent as scientists learn about the physics, chemistry and biology those induce conformational changes in materials structures and formulate the ways to programme the systems. New responsive materials are being engineered that sense specific environmental changes and adjust in a likely modus, making them useful tools for advanced applications. The course brings together novel methodologies and strategies adopted in the research and development of smart materials and technology. This interdisciplinary course is prepared for students and researchers from diverse backgrounds such as chemistry, materials science, physics, pharmacy, medical science, and biomedical engineering. The talks and course materials will be given a valuable insight in the major area of stimuli-responsive materials, cutting-edge technology and their potential applications. The interdisciplinary flora of the topics will help PhD students to find new directions in their research.

Smart Materials and Methods (Theory Course): 7.5 ECTS

Duration of Course: 3 month

Course Schedule: October 2016 - February 2017

Languase of Course: English

Course Contents

Number of lectures: 12, duration of each lecture: 2 hour, 1+1 hour lecture and discussion.

Lectures Topics

  • Smart wearable systems
  • Light-triggered molecular architecture to functional materials
  • Thermo responsive smart biomaterials
  • Interpenetrating smart polymer networks by irradiation
  • Conducting polymer nanofibers
  • Cyclodextrins based responsive advanced materials
  • Elastic constants, structural parameters and elastic perspectives
  • Thermoplastics catalyst systems
  • Smart functional nanomaterials
  • Responsive adjuvants and carriers for antigen delivery
  • Innovative approaches to responsive nanostructured materials for cancers therapy
  • Responsive redox biopolymers
  • Smart nanomaterials application to space and energy

Number of lectures: 12, (examiner will give lecture 1, 2, 11 and 12 lectures 3-10 will give by the PhD students taking the course, 1+1 hour lecture and discussion); duration of each lecture: 2 hour. Students will be accountable for their lecture materials. Each student should discuss their lecture materials with examiner about 10 days before prior to date of their lecture. The idea is to discuss student lecture materials with the examiner for suggestions and comments before the lecture. The examiner will send lecture materials of the course to each student at the beginning of week. The student will prepare 5-7 set of questions and send to examiner by e-mail along with 5-10 key relevant literature two day before the lecture. Examiner will compiled all questioners & literature and distribute to each course participant one day before the lecture. All questioners & literature will be discussed during discussion hour after the lecture.

Estimation of Time (In hour/student)

Lectures: 12 x 2 = 24

Lecture preparation: 63

Preparation of participant lecture: 12 x 8 = 96

Examination: 24


Total Time: 207 hour (study time) = 5.2 weeks = 7.5 credits


Total Credits

Total credits of complete course: 7.5 ECTS


Target Groups

PhD students pursuing degree in the chemistry, materials science, physics, pharmacy, medical science, and biomedical engineering.


Examination and Grading

Grading will be based attendance and active participation in oral seminars.


Text/Reference Books

1. Responsive Materials and Methods, Edited by Ashutosh Tiwari and Hisatoshi Kobayashi, Wiley, 2013.

2. Advanced Healthcare Materials, Edited by Ashutosh Tiwari, Wiley, 2014.

Contact to
Dr. S. K. Shukla
Head, Academic Affairs