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Before choosing courseKF1080 Polymers for Future Society 6.0 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus KF1080 (Spring 2013–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of lectures and a project work. The main subjects covered:

Introduction to polymeric materials
- Basics of polymer structure, properties, synthesis, characterization, manufacturing and applications
Environmental issues connected to polymeric materials
- oil-based versus bio-based, inert versus degradable, recycling, littering
Materials at research front
- e.g. biomedical materials and health care, renewable materials, degradable materials, smart materials, nanocomposites, antimicrobial materials, energy related materials
Project work where the student will look deeper into a specific application

Intended learning outcomes

The student should after completed course be able to:

- Describe basics of polymer structure, properties, applications and polymer nomenclature
- Define the basic concepts of polymer synthesis and production
- Describe and choose techniques for characterization of functional and structural polymeric materials
- Compare oil-based versus bio-based and inert versus degradable materials and select drives and barriers for applications of respective materials
- Illustrate examples from research front in the different areas of polymer science and contemporary development trends within the field
- Reflect over the development in the field of polymer science with regard to environmental issues and sustainable development
- Reflect, assess and critically review own and others´ scientific results
- Present the group assignment orally and in writing

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

90 credits for basic eligibility including at least 30 credits in Chemical Science and Engineering or Materials Science. English B.

Recommended prerequisites

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To be announced at the latest three weeks before the course starts

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

PRO1 – Project, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grade scale: P, F

Other requirements for final grade

Passed examination (TEN1) - 3,0 credits
Passed project (PRO1) - 3,0 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 KF1080

Offered by

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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