Before choosing courseKF2220 Biopolymers 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course

Basic course in the structure, function and use of biopolymers.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Content and learning outcomes

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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

KF1030 Perspectives on Materialdesign
Xxxx Fundamentals of Material Science
KF2210 Polymer chemistry

Recommended prerequisites

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J. Vincent: Structural Biomaterials

M. Elices: Structural Biological Materials

Scientific publications

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

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 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 *

Written examination 4,5 credits.
Projekt lab (report + seminar) 3 credits
Participation in educational visit.

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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Dane Momcilovic

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 KF2220

Offered by

CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study *

Biotechnology, Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Graduate courses:
3E5030 Chromatographic analysis – polymers/environment
3E5037 Microbiology in polymer science


Dane Momcilovic,, 08-790 82 34