During this course algae was used as a resource for novel material development. Students were asked to source algae and seaweed in different locations in Estonia to generate an understanding of its availability. It was then analysed with an algae expert and the findings were mapped as potential material resource of Estonian waters.
Two abundant types of algae in the Baltic Sea — brown algae Fucus vesiculosus and red algae Furcellaria lumbricalis — were chosen to study further in laboratories of Tallinn University. Using self harvested algae students extracted polysaccharides, that could be used for novel material explorations.
After two months of workshops, research, experimentations and concept developments, five different material proposals were made.