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 completion of the course, the students will be able to:
• understand and describe complex reaction systems through the knowledge on cell wall structure and elementary chemical reactions
• connect scientific observations with practical application
• apply logical science-based argumentation in decision making and questioning existing practices

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 24.05.2021

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tapani Vuorinen

Contact information for the course (valid 30.01.2021-21.12.2112):

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:

    Advances in chemical and physical nanoimaging of wood fibre wall and understanding its complex structure. Means to promote dissolution of lignin and suppress its deactivation. Targeted oxidation of residual lignin structures with activated bleaching chemicals. Assessing the overall performance and sustainability of fibreline processes. Testing hypotheses with experimaental setups,

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning diary, reports, presentations.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching (lectures, laboratory work) 36 h, independent work 99 h (self-studying, reading scientific literature, writing reports).


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In addition to the lecture slides, selected scientific articles will be listed for reading.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Recommended: CHEM-E1110 Lignocellulose Chemistry, CHEM-E1150 Biomass Pretreatment and Fractionation – in Class

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The laboratory works are originally scheduled to be on Wednesday afternoons at 2-4 pm from March 17 to April 21. However, due to the Covid-19 precautions, the number of students working simultaneously in laboratory will be limited. Therefore, alternative time slots will likely be offered depending on the number of degree students enrolled. More information will be delivered after the registration on the course have closed.