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FCK3102 Nanocellulose; From fundamentals to new materials 4.5 credits

Different types of nanocelluloses and their current standing as an industrially applicable product.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3102 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • History and development of nanocelluloses and their current standing as an industrially applicable product.
  • Structure of the fibre wall including fibril aggregates, hemicellulose and lignin, and the overall link to nanocellulose extraction via chemical and mechanical processes.
  • Different types of nanocelluloses and how key chemical and morphological differences alters behaviour in dispersions and materials.
  • Essential nanocellulose characterization techniques including, scattering techniques, spectroscopy, surface probe microscopy and electron microscopy.
  • Colloidal properties and self-assembly and how they can be tuned for the design of materials.
  • New and innovative materials utilizing nanocellulose including, gels, emulsions, advanced papers, sensors, composites, biomedical devices and electroactive materials.
  • Current challenges limiting the wide spread use of nanocelluloses.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoralstudent should have the knowledge and ability to

  • demonstrate for the level of the course adequate acquired knowledge in the specialized topics of the course.
  • design, plan and carry out a project to address a scientific applied within the specialized scope of the course.
  • present and motivate orally own project results, and critically evaluate own and others’ presented project results.

Course disposition

Lectures and self studies.

Lectures concentrated during one week of full-time studies, and 2 weeks of full-time self studies on supplied written material followed by a written exam.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Accepted for doctoral studies at universities and higher-education institutions, and external participants with similar competence.

Recommended prerequisites

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Copy of hand-outs and relevant literature

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

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 lectures, and 2 weeks of studies of supplied literature and a passed written exam.

Other requirements for final grade

Compulsory presence during the lectures is credited as 1.5 ECTS, and the passed written exam as 3.0 ECTS.

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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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

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Lars Wågberg

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology