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FKD3240 Functional Materials and Surfaces, Theory 5.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKD3240 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

After the course you should be able to

  1. Explain the concepts of superhydrophobicity/superhydrophilicity, discuss manufacturing processes of such materials, and identify examples in nature and industrial applications.
  2. Explain the principles and identify applications of conducting polymers.
  3. Describe and discuss the properties, fabricating processes, and applications of Langmuir-Blodgett films, functionalized surfaces, and layer by layer assemblies.
  4. Discuss various types of surface modification of cellulose and paper.
  5. Describe responsive materials (polymers, drug delivery etc.), the behavior of colloidal systems, and explain the fundamental concepts, preparation methods, and applications of mesoporous materials.
  6. Discuss biosurfaces, including model biomembranes and their interaction with other molecules, and anti-bacterial coatings. Exemplify surface treatments of biomedical materials, discuss interactions between the human body and implants.
  7. Deduce the effect of surface contaminants and choose proper cleaning techniques.
  8. Search information in the scientific literature and present the results in a written literature report.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of this course is to provide an overview of functional materials and surfaces. Primarily, the course deals with advanced materials and surfaces which have, or are expected to get, great industrial importance. In addition to an understanding of the material itself, a description of the synthesis or design of each material will be undertaken. Since the technology is fast evolving, the topics of interest may vary from year to year.

Course disposition

Schema Functional materials and surfaces, Theory

Moment                                                   Antal föreläsningar

Superhydrophobic/                                   2

Superhydrophilic surfaces

Conducting polymers                               1

Langmuir-Blodgett films/                        1

biomimetic membranes                            

Corrosion inhibition                                 1

Treatment of metals for biosystems         1

Surface modification of cellulose            1

Responsive polymers                                1

Surface functionalization                         1

Layer-by-layer assembly                          1

Surface cleaning                                       1

Literature project, 1 hp

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

M.Sc. in a natural or technical field of science

Recommended prerequisites

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The literature and will be found on the Bilda homepage.

Examination and completion

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

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.

    The course will be examined by a written report and an exam.

    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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    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry