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

  • Can identify and separate the most important ideal mechanisms of polymerisations.
  • Is able to explain basics of initiation and catalysis.
  • Is able to explain the formation of polymer structures, their characterisation and ways to affect them.
  • Can apply theories of step and chain polymerizations.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 19.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mauri Kostiainen, Mauri Kostiainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mauri Kostiainen, Mauri Kostiainen

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:

    The course deepens the knowledge in the field of polymer synthesis, purification and analysis. Polymerisation mechanisms, stepwise synthesis of branched polymers and biological synthesis of biopolymers are discussed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is based on exercises, project work and the exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 20 h

    Exercises 70 h

    Project work 5 h

    Other independent studying 40 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Odian: Principles of polymerization, fourth edition, 2004 (appropriate parts); Fried, J. R.: Polymer Science & Technology 2.ed., Prentice Hall, USA, 2003 (appropriate parts). Compendium

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KE-100.3200 Polymer Synthesis

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-C2430 (Polymeeriteknologian perusteet) and CHEM-C2220 (Orgaanisen synteesin perusteet) are recommended.