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FKF3260 Characterization Methods for Fibre and Polymer Science 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FKF3260 (Spring 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course presents the fundamentals of a variety of experimental methods for characterization and evaluation of polymers and fibre-based materials. The course will (i) give a brief background and explanation about the principals of the experimental methods; (ii) present typical and illustrative data obtained by each method; (iii) give basics of data interpretation and (iv) present common pitfalls, anomalies and artefacts and (v) provide short demonstrations of selected instruments.

The course consists of

I.              lectures (approximately 28 hours)

II.            home assignments

III.           seminar with oral presentations

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to

-explain the principals of different experimental methods and their application to characterization of polymers and fibre-based materials

-select a suitable technique for a given analytical problem

-analyse and interpret data obtained by the different methods

-apply and utilise different characterization techniques in their own research work

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in chemistry and polymer science.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

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.

    I.              Attendance in at least 80 % of the


    II.            Approved home assignments

    III.           Oral presentation

    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

    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 FKF3260

    Offered by

    CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

    Main field of study

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    Education cycle

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Minna Hakkarainen

    Supplementary information

    Application to:

    Minna Hakkarainen,

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology