Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2019 - 31.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Jukka Seppälä

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Professor Jukka Seppälä  ( room E421 in the Chemistry Building)

University Teacher Sami Lipponen

The lectures start on Tuesday January 8th 2019 in Puu L1 at 12 -14.

Lectures will be:

Tuesdays at 12 - 14 in Puu L1

Wednesdays at 10 - 12 in Puu L1

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student

  • understands how the most common polymeirzation mechanisms affect polymerization reactions.
  • knows the production technologies of the most common polymers and understands the special features of reactor types.
  • knows how the safety and stability of polymer reactors can be affected and is able to use stability analysis in research and development of polymer processes.
  • understands how viscosity affects polymerization processes and can design mixing and heat transfer of polymerization reactors.
  • can scale up/down mixing of polymerizations.
  • understands the use of reactor calorimeter in polymerzations reactors.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course covers the following topics: basics of polymerization processes, special features of process technology and reaction engineering of polymers, and production processes of most important polymers.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Polymer Reaction Eningineering  (
5cr )

Teacher:  Prof. Jukka Seppälä

assignments:  University Teacher Sami


The key learning outcome is the fundamentals
and engineering principles of industrial polymer manufacturing. The course is
based on basic knowledge of polymer science principles and key parameters. The
course teaches the engineering from ideal polymerization mechanisms and
phenomena to practical industrial scale phenomena, reactors and processes of
the most important polymerization types. Polymerization initiation and
catalysis are also in the core contents of the course. With this course, the
students will understand the structure property correlations of polymers and
how they are controlled in industrial production.

The course contains lectures, guided home
assignments, excursion to industry and examination.

Approved home assignments are a pre-requisite
for the participation of the examination.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Home assignments
Other independent studying

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h
Home assignments 60 h
Independent studying 20 h
Exam and its preparation 30 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Odian: Principles of Polymerization, 3rd. ed. (selected parts). Compendium.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

KE-100.3700, KE-100.3710

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basics of polymer structures.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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