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FCK3109 Electron Microscopy Analysis of Fibre and Polymer-based Materials 7.5 credits

Course on analysis of fibre and polymer-based materials using different electron microscopy techniques. The course includes both basic principles, and hands-on experience. The goal is to attain sufficient knowledge of electron microscopy techniques in order to independently image and analyze polymer- and fiber-based materials on the nano scale. Opportunities and limitations of the different instruments are discussed.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3109 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course presents the basic principles of different types of:

  • Electron microscopy techniques: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), table top-SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryo-SEM, cryo-TEM, focused ion beam (FIB), Dual Beam (SEM-FIB), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS).
  • More advanced analysis techniques (in situ analysis) and 3D tomography.
  • Different types of sample preparation techniques for optimal analysis of a specific sample.
  • Hands-on experience of electron microscopy imaging.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoral student should have the knowledge and ability to

  • Explain the basic principles for electron microscopy (scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy), and demonstrate for the level of the course adequate acquired knowledge in the specialized topics of the course.
  • Suggest and explain, plan and carry out different types of electron microscopy related experiments.
  • Suggest, plan and perform sample preparation of a material so that it can be imaged with electron microscopy. Reflect on the selected sample preparation technique.
  • Present and orally motivate the selected electron microscopy instrumentation for a selected sample. 

Course disposition

The course comprises 24 hours of lectures, 20 h of laboratory work in front of different electron microscopy instruments, self-studies, one home assignment and a seminar where the student gives an oral presentation of the home assignment.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3.0 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.

Approved oral presentation and written project description (home assignment), min. 80% seminar attendance

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

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Anna Hanner, Anastasia Riazanova (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology