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FCK3106 The Chemistry of Wood 7.5 credits

Plant biomass is one of the most important renewable resources, and knowledge of their chemistry and morphology is central for different types of technical application within a sustainable technical culture.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3106 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Utveckling av växtriket och olika fylogenetiska grupper av växter

  • Växtbiologi
  • Översikt över skogsbruket
  • Morfologi av trä och träceller
  • Morfologi och andvändning av icke-träväxtfibrer
  • Kolhydratkemi
  • Cellulosastruktur och egenskaper
  • Struktur och egenskaper hos hemicellulosor och pektin
  • Ligninstruktur och egenskaper
  • Lignin-kolhydratnätverk
  • Olika grupper av extraktivämnen och deras egenskaper
  • Oorganiskt innehåll i trä
  • Biosyntes av växtcellväggspolysackarider och lignin
  • Olika grupper av träfnedbrytande mikroorganismer och deras egenskaper
  • Enzymer som bryter ned träpolymerer
  • Översikt över teknisk användning av enzymer inom massa- och pappersindustrin

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student shall have deep knowledge about:

  • Different phylogenic groups of plant and plant evolution.
  • Basic biology of plants
  • Wood and plant fibre morphology
  • Carbohydrate classification and chemistry
  • Structure and properties of cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin, lignin, extractives and inorganic wood content.
  • Biosynthesis of wood and wood components.
  • Wood degrading microorganisms.

Course disposition

Litterature course

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in chemistry


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Ljungberg Textbook of pulp and paper.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • TEN1 - Oral examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

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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Profile picture Gunnar Henriksson

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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Course web FCK3106

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Gunnar Henriksson, Martin Lawoko

Supplementary information

The course replaces the course FKF3240.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry