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 about the range of natural fibres and is familiar with the their principal areas of application
  • understands fibre ultrastructure and morphology
  • understands basics of fibre webs and networks
  • is able to describe the key fibre processing operations
  • knows the basics of fiber swelling and fiber/water interactions
  • can analyze fibre properties in the laboratory
  • has been exposed to case examples of the latest fibre research and development

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 22.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Thaddeus Maloney

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eero Hiltunen, Thaddeus Maloney

Contact information for the course (valid 12.08.2020-21.12.2112):

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:

    Fibre types, fibre processing, fibre ultrastructure, fiber/water interactions, fibre analysis methods, fibre research case examples

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will cover various aspects of fiber structure, chemistry and physics. The technology of fiber production and fiber processing will be covered. Application of fibers in paper, packaging and composites will be taught. The main focus will be on natural cellulosic fibers.

    Important fiber analysis methods will be taught and practiced in laboratory exercises. The students will learn to identify fibers, measure their properties and ascertain which types of end uses are best for different fibers.

    Laboratory Exercises

    Students will be given unknown samples of fibers. After being taught some basic fiber analysis methods (Light microscopy, SEM, FibreLab) the students will use these techniques to quantify the fibers. The idea will be to identify the generic class of the fibers to the extent possible and to determine what type of properties these fibers have. Based on the fiber properties, students will assess what kind of products these fibers could be used in. The results will be presented to the class in a power point presentation.

    Students will work in groups.

    Dr. Eero Hiltunen and M.Sc. Antti Kointinen will be responsible for the teaching the laboratory exercises.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Exercise

    2. Project work

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h
    Combination of lectures, reading and project work 110 h
    Self-study for exam 25 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides + some additional reading material. Details announced during course.

  • 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