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 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

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2022 - 14.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Michael Hummel

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:


    Independent work


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 20 h

    Independent studying 91 h

    Exam and its preparation 24 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be set separately

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.