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Before choosing courseFKF3010 The Chemistry of Pulp and Paper Processes 9.0 creditsAdministrate About course

The course covers the chemical reactions during technical processes of wood and other plant material, including chemical and mechanical pulping, bleaching and various biorefinery concepts. The course also covers regeneration of pulping chemicals, manufacture of process chemicals. Products from cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin and extractives and environmental effects of cellulose based industry are also covered.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus FKF3010 (Spring 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanical pulping chemistry, Kraft pulping chemistry, sulphite pulping chemistry, anthreaquinon and pulpysulphide pulping chemistry, chemistry of biorefinery methods, bleaching chemistry, chemical reactions during agening of mechanical and chemical pulps. Closing chemistry, synthesis of process chemicals, the forest industry and the environment, dissolving pulps and cellulose derivatives, chemicals from lignin, hemicelluloses and extractives, influence on fiber properties of process conditions.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will have a thorough knowledge of:

  • Summarize scientific data to a written report and make an oral presentation of the data.
  • describe the reactions of wood polymers and extractives during pulping and bleaching, and biorefinery methods.
  • describe the reaction mechanisms for reaction during aging of chemical and mechanical pulp.
  • understand and predict the hierarchic structures of wood and pulp is affected during pulping and aging,
  • critically evaluate effects on product quality and environment on changes on process and raw materials,
  • describe the structure and properties of lignin- and cellulose derivatives, and other chemicals from wood, and
  • predict structure and properties of wood polymers at changes in processes. 

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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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

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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.

Written examination, written report and oral presentation.. Grad scale P, F.

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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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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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology