Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student

  • knows the most common natural and synthetic biodegradable polymers
  • can define what is biodegradation and how it is measured
  • can describe the synthesis methods of synthetic biodegradable polymers
  • knows the application areas and particular requirements of biodegradable polymers

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 11.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Michael Hummel

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Orlando Rojas Gaona

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This Graduate level course deals with the general topic of biopolymers. In this context, this is an introductory course in which Biopolymers indicate those derived from renewable resources (bio-based), either biodegradable or non-biodegradable, and polymers derived from non-renewable resources that are biodegradable. It also includes those polymers produced by biological systems such as microorganisms, plants, or animals, or obtained by chemical synthesis. Fundamentals of the physical chemistry are brought to life with examples from such fields as biotechnology, paper science, biomaterials, etc. Topics include Synthetic Biopolymers, Biodegradation, (bacterial) Cellulose, Polypeptides, etc.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Independent work


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 20 h

    Independent studying 91 h

    Exam and its preparation 24 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be set separately

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KE-100.4810 Biopolymers (3 cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption