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KF1040 Polymer Technology 6.0 credits

Basic course whose overall objective is to provide a broad and fundamental knowledge of the synthetic and natural polymers and their chemical, physical and mechanical behavior.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus KF1040 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Introduction to polymer technology with definition of basic concepts and history.
  • The polymeric structure and the relation structure-properties.
  • The concepts rheology and solubility.
  • Molecular weight and determination of molecular weight.
  • Characterization of chemical, physical-chemical and mechanical properties of polymers.
  • Natural polymers.
  • Stepwise polymerisation.
  • Ion- and coordination polymerisation.
  • Radical polymerisation.
  • Copolymerization.
  • Modification of polymers and additives and chemical reactions.
  • Processing of polymeric materials.
  • Plastic waste handling.
  • Environmental aspects on plastic waste.
  • Biopolymers.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the different building blocks of a polymeric material and explain the different ways these can be added together.
  • Account for the relationship between chemical structure and material properties.
  • Define and describe the phenomena of rubber elasticity, glass transition, polydispersitet and molecular weight distribution.
  • Account for different crystalline and amorphous morphology of polymers.
  • Describe how the polymerization takes place, and the results obtained for different technologies.
  • From the results asked to choose a suitable processing method and testing method.
  • Based on a given application, select a suitable polymeric materials with respect to function, plasticity and environmental interactions.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A. For students who received/will receive their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows: documented proficiency in mathematics corresponding to Mathematics A.

And the specific requirements of mathematics, physics and chemistry corresponding to Mathematics E, Physics B and Chemistry A.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of chemistry, mainly organic and physical chemistry.


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"Polymerteknologi – makromolekylär design" by Ann-Christine Albertsson & Ulrica Edlund

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed examination (TEN1; 6 credits)

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 KF1040

Offered by

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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