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FKF3170 Trends in Polymer Science for Applications in Thin Films 4.5 credits

The course allows the students to keep track of the scientific literature based on their research area. Furthermore, the course gives the students the opportunity and experience necessary to sharpen their presentation technique.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKF3170 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Course participants will identify high impact publications within their research field, and present them as a 15-minute seminar.
  • The content and presentation style of the seminars will be analyzed and evaluated by the course participants.
  • The publications presented will focus on the use of polymers in new biomedical, commercial and industrial applications as well as the development of polymer feedstock from renewable resources and green approaches to polymer synthesis.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • orientate themselves within, and keep track of, their research area
  • present (orally), discuss and motivate research results from other researchers
  • reflect on the selected scientific publications with respect to environmental, human or societal aspects

Course disposition

Seminars including oral presentations given by the students on current scientific breakthroughs in the field of polymer chemistry and coating technologies. Each seminar is followed by open discussions between the students. The presentations are given in English and follow typical standards of international conferences.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level and fundamental knowledge in polymer chemistry and polymer physics.

Recommended prerequisites

Fundamental knowledge in polymer science on MSc level or equivalent.


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Selected scientific publications

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 4.5 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 fulfil the requirements in the course corresponding to 4.5 credits, participation in 20 scheduled seminar occasions is required. This is in addition to the mandatory requirements of presenting, opposing and commenting at least once. 

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

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

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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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology