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Before choosing courseKF2360 Characterization of Polymers and Advanced Products 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course

Course presenting physical methods useful for the characterisation of polymeric materials used in advanced products, e.g. medical applications. Polymer physics is presented as a scientific platform for the different methods.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KF2360 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

General overview of physical characteristics of polymers including the relationship to repeating unit structure and molecular architecture. Structure, phase transitions and properties of wholly amorphous polymers including liquid-like, rubbery (including gels) and glassy states. Structure, phase transitions and properties of semi crystalline polymers. Thermodynamics, structure and properties of polymer blends. The basis and the application on polymeric materials of the following classes of methods: thermal analysis, microscopy, scattering methods, spectroscopy, characterization of surfaces and interfaces and mechanical characterization methods. Application examples from advanced medical products.

Intended learning outcomes

The student should after completed course be able to:

  • Predict on qualitative basis the physical structure and the properties of a polymer from its repeating unit and molecular architecture
  • Make a selection of relevant analytical techniques for revealing structure and physical behaviour of polymeric materials
  • Use (with some practical instruction) in the practical sense physical characterisation methods (thermal analysis, microscopy, scattering, spectroscopy and mechanical methods)
  • Analyze (qualitatively, and together with a specialist in a more strict sense) data taken by physical characterization methods (thermal analysis, microscopy, scattering, spectroscopy and mechanical methods)
  • Evaluate the function of advanced products and to set up characterization methods that validates the functions

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:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

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Polymer Physics, 2nd extended edition, U. W. Gedde and M. S. Hedenqvist, Springer Verlag (abbreviated PP)

Biomaterial Science, An Introduction in Medicin, Eds. D. D. Ratner, A. –S Hoffman, F. J. Schoen and J. E. Lemons, Academic Press. (abbreviated BS)

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 5,0 hp, betygsskala: 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

Examination (5 credits)
Laboration (1,5 credits)
Home assignament (1 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 KF2360

Offered by

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ulf W. Gedde,, 08-790 76 40