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FKF3010 The Chemistry of Pulp and Paper Processes 9.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKF3010 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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 ageing 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 by process conditions

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • 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, and describe the reaction mechanisms for reactions during aging of chemical and mechanical pulp
  • understand and predict how the hierarchic structures of wood and pulp is affected during pulping and aging
  • critically evaluate effects on product quality and environment by changes in processes and raw materials
  • describe the structure and properties of lignin- and cellulose derivatives, and other chemicals from wood
  • predict structure and properties of wood polymers at changes in processes

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

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

P, F


  • LIT1 - Literature assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • RAP1 - Report, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 7.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed on seminar

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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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Martin Lawoko,, +46 8 790 80 47

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry