Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2020 - 09.04.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Orlando Rojas Gaona

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Independent work


Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 h

Independent studying 79

Exam and its preparation 30 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be set separately

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

KE-100.4810 Biopolymers (3 cr)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

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