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KF2140 Polymer Physics 7.5 credits

This course covers the basics of physical polymer chemistry including configuration, conformation, molecular weight, physico-chemical behavior of polymers at different states and basic characterization of the structure and properties of polymers.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KF2140 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Conformation and configuration. Molecular weight and its determination. The behavior of polymers in solution. Blends and multicomponent systems. Crosslinked polymers and rubber elasticity. Amorphous state and glass transition. Morphology and crystalline state. Modeling and simulation of polymers. Sustainability of materials. Degradation of polymers.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain concepts and solve problems connected to polymer physics
  • Describe the behavior of polymers based on their structure and physical state
  • Perform laboratory work to characterize polymers by experimental techniques and basic computer simulations
  • Present and evaluate laboratory work in written and orally
  • Reflect over the sustainability of materials

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
50 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

KF1010 Polymer Technology with Cellulose  Technolgy or corresponding


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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

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


  • LABA - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: 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

Active participation in all compulsory activities as specified in Course information.

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

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

KF2130 Polymer chemistry
KF2190 Polymeric materials: structure and properties.

Supplementary information

Will replace 3E1142