The aim of the course is to provide detailed knowledge of the structure, function, properties and use of biopolymers.
Molecular architecture for some biological structures such as wood, collagen, soft tissue, silk, wool, spider’s thread is emphasized.
The concept of nature as a model for polymeric materials is discussed.
Survey and introduction to biomedical materials and “drug delivery” formulations is conducted.
The role of biocomposites is related to biological attacks on polymeric materials and degradation mechanisms in polymeric materials with respect to degradation products in different environments.
The discussion focuses on environmental issues when using biopolymers and synthetic polymers, specifically, various routs for recovery/reuse of plastics.
Intended learning outcomes *
After finishing the course the student should be able to:
Explain and evaluate biopolymer properties based on their structure (at atomic, nano-, micro- and macro-level) and give their chemical structure.
Relate a specific biopolymer to biological structures in nature.
Describe the process and explain the material properties and environmental effects of biodegradation.
Reflect on the polymeric material choices for biomedical applications and pharmaceutical formulations.
Identify and discuss current environmental issues with a focus on the material’s impact in relation to the sustainable development objectives set by the community.
Suggest and discuss the choice of biopolymers vs. synthetic polymers suitable for common applications with respect to raw materials, energy aspects, material properties, function, environmental impact, waste management, ethical aspects and economy
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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.
KF1010 Polymer Technology and Cellulose Technology