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.


Laboratory skills to fractionate lignocellulose to its main constituents (cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin, extractives) and characterize their chemical structure by chromatography and spectroscopy. Knowledge on characteristic reactions of the polysaccharides and lignin and ability to intercorrelate their structure and physicochemical properties.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 30.10.2019 - 04.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tapani Vuorinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Iina Solala, Tapani Vuorinen

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:

    Chemical structure, reactivity and physicochemical properties of cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin and extractives. Chemical reactions in the most important fractionation methods of plant biomass to its constituents. Chemical characterization of biomass and its fractions by chromatographic and spectroscopic methods.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning diary, laboratory working, laboratory work reports, individual final discussion.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    135 h in total; lectures (24 h), laboratory work (80 h), self-studying (31 h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced later

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption