Course contents *
The structure, function, properties and use of biopolymers. Molecular architecture for some biological structures such as collagen, tissue, silk, wool, spider’s thread, shell. Nature as a model for polymeric materials. Cycle- and environment adapted materials. Survey and introduction to biomedical materials and “drug delivery” formulations. Biocomposites and biominerals. Biological attacks on polymeric materials and degradation mechanisms in polymeric materials. Degradation products in different environments. Environmental issues when using polymers. Recovery/reuse of plastics. Polymer characterization in environmental analysis.
Intended learning outcomes *
After finished course the student should be able to:
• Explain and evaluate properties of biopolymers from their structure (atomic, nano-, micro- and macro) and give their relevant chemical structures
• Suggest suitable synthetic and biopolymers for environment adapted products
• Suggest suitable biopolymer for a given polymer application
• Suggest and discuss choice of biopolymer vs. synthetic polymer in various applications with reference to material properties, environment and economy
• Analyse and evaluate sustainability of bio- and synthetic polymers
• Choose appropriate material to packaging, pharmaceutical and biomedical applications with reference to product property vs. environment in humans and nature and waste management
• Give opinion of long-term properties of polymeric materials and environmental impact.
• Give opinion of choice of recycling methods for polymeric materials
• Formulate a relevant problem to be solved based on a topic within the course
• Perform literature survey giving a background to the topic
• Perform experimental works to solve the problem and present and discuss the results
• Analyse and evaluate the results orally and in a written report