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FKF3090 Polymer Chemistry 6.0 credits

The graduate course in polymer chemistry aims to compare and discuss different polymerization processes with respect to chemical mechanisms and different steps, by-reactions and modifications which can occur. The course aims at giving knowledge and tools for designing new polymers. This is an advanced course in polymer chemistry which will give deepening and general knowledge in the chemistry, structure, production and modification processes of polymers. This is not a continuous course like the polymer chemistry course for undergraduate students, which aims at giving a comprehensive picture, but more of a methodology course which will supplement and deepen the knowledge acquired from the basic course. The course will stimulate to critical examination and discussion about actual synthesis routes in the field, existing as well as new ones. Each topic will be discussed in direct relation to the forefront research exploring the chemical pathways with ample examples from contemporary scientific advances.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Different polymerization processes regarding chemical mechanisms and different steps, side-reactions and modifications are compared and discussed. The course aims at giving knowledge and tools for designing new polymers. This is an advanced course in polymer chemistry, which will furtherdeepen the knowledge in the chemistry, structure, production and modification processes of polymers. This is not a continuous course like the polymer chemistry course for undergraduate students, which aims at giving a comprehensive picture, but more of a methodology course, which will supplement and deepen the knowledge acquired from the basic course. The course will stimulate critical examination and discussion about actual synthesis routes in the field, existing as well as new ones.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • From a desired macromolecular chemical structure, draw a suitable synthesispath (mechanism) and suggest appropriate process parameters for its modification and, when possible, chemical recycling.
  • From a given monomer draw up a suitable synthesispath (mechanism), describe the associated kinetics, suggest appropriate process parameters and understand the relationship between polymerization conditions and the polymer product characteristics.
  • Value, understand and apply the concepts of green chemistry in the development of the field of polymer chemistry.
  • Identify a current research question within the field of polymer chemistry and orally present a suggested solution of how to approach it.

Course disposition

The course consists of lectures and connected home assignments as well as seminars where the students orally present current research questions within the field of polymer chemistry.

Time required for course: INL1 – 110 hours, SEM1 – 50 hour

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level as well as approved basic course in polymer chemistry.

Recommended prerequisites

Second cycle course in polymer chemistry/synthesis

Equipment

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Literature

Given in course memo

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F

Examination

  • INL1 - Inlämningsuppgifter, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 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.

To pass the course the student must pass all home assignments and the oral presentation at the seminar.

Other requirements for final grade

At least 80% attendance at lectures 

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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Examiner

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FKF3090

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Karin Odelius, hoem@kth.se, +46 8 790 8076

Transitional regulations

If the examination form is changed, the student will be examined according to the examination form that applied when the student was admitted to the course. If the course is completed, the student is given the opportunity to be examined on the course for another two academic years.

Supplementary information

The course replaces the course F3E5001

Group size: 30

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology