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Academic year
KPO021 - Polymer technology
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-09 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0215 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   30 May 2016 am H,  Contact examiner,  15 Aug 2016 pm M

In programs

MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Christian Müller
Professor  Paul Gatenholm


KPO020   Polymer technology


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Surface and materials science (KTK105) or courses with equivalent polymer content.


The aim of this course is to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge about polymeric materials. The focus is mainly on processing of polymers as well as on the behaviour of different polymeric materials.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

1) Follow a formal design procedure of a plastic item or device.
2) Correlate the mechanical and chemical properties of a polymer with the demands put on a device, and be familiar with relevant expressions in this field.
3) Describe the properties and application areas of various polymers.
4) Explain the concepts of rheology and how it affects the processing methods and parameters.
5) Choose a suitable polymer for a specific application, and present arguments for the choices based on the polymer- and device properties.
6) Describe the most important methods of polymer processing.
7) Explain the main principles of fibre and rubber technology.
8) Define and describe the concept of polymer composites and its properties, including the area of nanocomposites, as well as relevant manufacturing processes.
9) Explain the basic properties of polymer semiconductors, thin-film processing techniques and the main organic electronic application areas.
10) Calculate the 'life time' of a material and critically discuss different aspects of recycling.
11) Reason about the concept of biopolymers and biodegradable polymers and present arguments for how polymeric materials can fit into a sustainable society.


This course is an advanced course in polymer technology, where the focus is rather on the properties and behavior of the polymeric material from a more industrial point of view than on the fundamental chemistry and physics of polymers. The course covers areas such as processing and processing methods of polymers, mechanical properties, differences between polymers and other material as well as differences within the vast group of polymeric materials. Besides the more commonly used plastics, the course also deals with fibers, nanocomposites, polymer semiconductors as well as biopolymers and biodegradable polymers.

The course also discusses the recycling of plastics and gives an overview of a new generation of polymers originating from renewable resources, thereby giving a better understanding of how plastic materials can be used in a sustainable society.


The course includes lectures, a design project, which is to be presented both as a written report and during a seminar session, and a compulsory study visit to two representative polymer companies.


A. Brent Strong 'Plastics: Materials and processing' (Third edition)


The assessment of the learning outcomes is tested through a written exam, graded according to TH. Some of the learning outcomes are also examined through a design project where the written report must be approved and active participation in the seminar is required. Participation in the study visits is also required. The grades for the written exam and the design project/seminar/study visits are registered separately (6 + 1.5 HP).

Note that only one exam and one re-exam will be given in June and August, respectively. The second re-exam, usually scheduled for April, will be combined with the exam in June.

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