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Before choosing courseKF2390 Functional Materials and Surfaces 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course
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* Retrieved from Course syllabus KF2390 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the field of functional materials and surfaces, which spans a huge range of applications and chemistries.  In addition to an understanding of the material itself, a description of the synthesis or design of each material will be undertaken. 

The course deals with advanced materials and surfaces which have, or are expected to get, great industrial importance. The area covers conducting polymers, mesoporous materials, biomimetic fabrication and information storage devices. Nanocomposites, responsive surfaces and artificial photosynthesis are a few of the applications considered.  The course will be divided into several sections, each of which focuses on a particular technology area and the materials chemistry involved. Since the technology is fast evolving, the topics of interest may vary from year to year. The course philosophy is that each section will be given by an expert in the area.

The laboratory work gives the opportunity to examine and evaluate various types of material using (in most cases) research instrumentation. The laboratory work also involves writing a report which should be structured like a scientific publication.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able discuss the chemical approaches to providing materials functionality and

  • describe the functionality of materials (e.g. physical, chemical, biological, technological
  • analyse and propose structure for a certain functionality and application

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

KF2330 Concepts of materials and KF2340 Chemical sciences


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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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, 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 (TEN1; 4.0 credits)
Laboratory course (LAB1; 1.5 credits)
Tutorials (ÖVN1; 2.0 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 KF2390

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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