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Before choosing courseFKF3360 Polymer Microscopy 6.0 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FKF3360 (Spring 2014–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

·         Optical microscopy: resolution, magnification principles, contrast, the basic two-stage microscope, lenses for different  types of microscopy, polarized microscopy, conoscopy and diffraction experiments using the Bertrand lens, interference contact microscopy.

·         Scanning electron microscopy, basic principles: resolution, contrast; different types of SEM

·         Transmission electron microscopy, basic principles: resolution, contrast: different types of TEM. Electron diffraction

·         Methods to prepare samples for optical microscopy.

·         Methods to prepare samples for  electron microscopy: fracture surfaces, staining, etching, beam contrasting, microtoming, shadowing

Practical work (exercise) using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.

Intended learning outcomes

The student will learn the basics of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy and how these methods are applied to different polymeric materials. This includes preparation techniques (e.g. staining and etching) suited for different polymeric materials.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge about polymer science and engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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Polymer microscopy, Chapter in textbook: Polymer Physics, U.W. Gedde, Springer Verlag (1995); Polymer Microscopy, 2nd edition, Edition, L. C. Sawyer and D. T Grubb, Chapman and Hall (1996).

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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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 examination and approved exercises (6 hp). Schedule: 20h lectures; 10 h exercise is intended to be held every second year.

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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Offered by

CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Richard Olsson,, tel: +46 8 7906036

Supplementary information

Application to:

Fredrik Svensson,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology