Before choosing courseF3E5037 Microbiology in Polymer Science 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course
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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Basic microbiology concepts and methodology

Microbial environments and risks for polymeric materials

Microorganisms as resources for renewable monomers and polymers


Ten lectures including discussion topics based on recent scientific publications. Preparation for giving and executing seminars

Home assignment, written and oral presentation

Intended learning outcomes *

Describe the groups of microorganisms and their properties

Describe and explain growth and growth factors

Perform an isolation of microorganisms on group level

Analyse the viability of microorganisms in various environments

Describe and explain special fermentations as a potential source for monomers

Propose relevant microorganisms responsible for attacks on materials in complex environments

Propose and perform relevant procedure to isolate microorganisms from complex environments such as polymers from traditional and renewable polymers used in packaging, out- and indoor applications and polymers used in biomedical contexts

Analyse and evaluate the consequences of microbial attack on synthetic and natural polymers

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Advanced knowledge in Polymer science.

Recommended prerequisites

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Brock Biology of microorganisms, M.T. Madigan, J.M. Martinko, P.V. Dunlap, D.P. Clark, 13th edition

General Microbiology, H.G. Schlegel, 7th edition

Environmental Microbiology, R. M Maier, I.L. Peppar, C. P. Gerba, 2nd Ed.

Biodegradation and Bioremediation, M. Alexander, 2nd edition

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

G, D, U

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: G, D, U

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Participation in each seminar (contributing with questions, answers and discussions)

Responsible for two seminar topics

Laborative work

One Home assignment

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Sigbritt Karlsson

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Emma Strömberg,, tel: +46 8 7907524

Supplementary information

Group size: 15

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology