Before choosing courseFKF3240 The Chemistry of Wood 10.0 creditsAdministrate About course

The course covers the chemical composition of wood and other plant tissues, biosynthesis and biodegradation of plant cell walls, wood and plant cell morphology, and biology of plants.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Evolution of plant kingdom and different phylogenetic groups of plants, biology of plants, overview of forestry, morphology of wood and wood cells, morphology and application of non-wood plant fibers, carbohydrate chemistry, cellulose structure and properties, structure and properties of hemicelluloses and pectin, lignin structure and properties, lignin carbohydrate networks, different groups of extractives and their properties, inorganic content in wood, biosynthesis of plant cell wall polysaccharides and lignin, different groups of wood degrading microorganisms and their properties, enzymes degrading wood polymers, overview of technical use of enzymes in the pulp and paper industry.

Intended learning outcomes *

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

  • Different phylogenic groups of plant and plant evolution.
  • Basic biology of plants
  • Wood and plant fibre morphology
  • Carbohydrate classification and chemistry
  • Structure and properties of cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin, lignin, extractives and inorganic wood content.
  • Biosynthesis of wood and wood components.
  • Wood degrading microorganisms and their enzymes.

The goals of the course are important from sustainability point of view, since plant biomass is one of the most important renewable resources, and knowledge of their chemistry and morphology is central for different types of technical application within a sustainable technical culture.

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 (Chapter 2-7, 9-11, 90 and 93.

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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Examination *

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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 or oral examination. 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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Gunnar Henriksson

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 FKF3240

Offered by

CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Gunnar Henriksson,, +46 8 7906163

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology