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

  • has a deeper understanding of the value chain from reel-form materials to customer-specific end products, multi material solutions, such as packaging and their properties
  • has understanding of the current use and potential of natural fibre-based materials and biopolymers in converting and packaging
  • knows the most common unit operations, finishing, converting and printing processes
  • has been exposed to case examples to measure, analyse and characterize the properties of these converted products and packaging material
  • is able to do product analysis for a converted multi material product
  • knows various end use areas of converted material in industries
  • knows the basics of packaging technology

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.03.2021 - 02.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Eero Hiltunen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eero Hiltunen, Jouni Paltakari

Contact information for the course (valid 28.01.2021-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher: University Lecturer Eero Hiltunen


other teacher: prof. Jouni Paltakari

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:

    This course continues the value chain of web-based natural fiber products with several finishing and converting operations and processes. Various unit operations in finishing and converting of paper and board products are covered. This includes the descriptions of the treatment, converting and printing processes and their influence on the end product properties and functionality. A variety of most common products are studied with particular attention to their properties and end-use requirements. The current applications + potential of biopolymers in converting is covered. Intelligent multi material solutions and the basic concepts in packaging technology are also covered. The course includes a product analysis exercise. Course also includes laboratory exercise with converted materials and a presentation based on this.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    A small laboratory exercise (in pairs or small groups) is planned.

    However, Covid 19 situation might change this to literature/old data based exercise.

    Anyway, student has possibility to do exercise remotely (spring 2021).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Examination

    2. Laboratory work/ group work

    3. Home work

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Evaluation is based on exam and exercise and home work (in this order)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    Lectures/workshops 20-35 h

    Labs/group work 60 h

    Other independent studying 20-25 h

    Exam preparation 20-30 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides + some additional reading material.

    Details to be announced during course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Mostly lecture slides.

    Plus some additional (electronic) reading material announced during lectures.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E2120 Fibres and fibre products 5 cr

    CHEM-E2125 Web-based natural fiber products 5 cr

    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