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KF2480 Chemistry of a Biorefinery 7.5 credits

Chemical reactions during, chemical reactions during mechanical fiber release, chemical reactions during chemical fiber release, chemical reactions during steam explosion, chemical reaction during acid hydrolysis, chemistry of bleaching, generation and storage of process chemicals, anaytical methods in biorefinery, the biorefinery and the environment, and its chemical cycle.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KF2480 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of lectures, a literature seminar and eventually laboratory work. The examination is done in combination with a written examination and a written and an oral presentations of the seminar task.

Chemical reactions during, mechanical fiber release, chemical reactions during chemical fiber release, chemical reactions during biomass pretreatments, chemical reaction during acid hydrolysis, , generation and storage of process chemicals, the biorefinery and the environment, and its chemical cycle, Platform chemicals and Material concepts.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of mechanisms involved in pulping and biorefining techniques 
  • Understand and predict how the hierarchic structure of plant fibers are affected during biorefinery processes 
  • Understand the principles of characterization techniques and how they apply to generated substrates in biorefining
  • Demonstrate understanding of chemical and physical aspects of processes for production of cellulose- and lignin- derivatives, platform chemicals and other chemicals produced from plant biomass with consideration taken to a sustainable society
  • Demonstrate literature search capabilities, report writing and oral presentation capabilities 

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: 50 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and in computer science or corresponding.
  • Completion of Biofiber Chemistry Course (KF2460) or similar Fiber Chemistry related courses.

Recommended prerequisites

KF2460 Biofibre Chemistry, or BB2420 Glycobiology and Carbohydrate Technology, or corresponding knowledge. The older course wood chemistry and wood biotechnology is also a good background.


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The Ljungberg textbook Chemistry of a Biorefinery

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


  • SEMB - Seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENB - Written exam, 6.0 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.

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

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Course web KF2480

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Diploma wok

Supplementary information

The course has partly similar content as the course KF2020 The Chemistry of Pulping and Bleaching.

Only one of the courses KF2480 and KF2020 may be included in the exam.