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.


The course provides basic skills to specialize in material science including especially polymer technology.

After the course, the student has the ability to:

- identify the diversity and usability of polymers in different applications

- describe polymerization mechanisms and technical manufacturing methods

- understand how the size and form diversity of the molecules affect the properties of a material (eg. thermal and mechanical properties)

- describe how a plastic product is manufactured from a polymer

Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.09.2024 - 03.12.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sami Lipponen

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:

    The learning outcomes of the course are principles of polymer science and technology as well as polymer structure property correlations. The course covers basics of polymer chemistry, polymer physics and polymer materials analysis and testing. The most important polymer types are introduced and their properties, uses, and manufacturing will be discussed. The students will get familiar with engineering polymers, specialty polymers and bio-polymers. The course covers basics of polymerization and polymer processing technologies.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures and exercises to support the group projects. The course requires individual studying and participation in the final evaluation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 cr = 135 h. The course contains project work in groups, individual studying and evaluation. The course also includes contact teaching supporting the project work.

    Contact teaching 24 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seppälä, J., Polymeeriteknologian perusteet, Otatieto no 580, Helsinki 2005, 346 s

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II


    Max 30 students but all the students in the Chemical engineering major in Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology are accepted if enrolled in time A course implementation may be cancelled if the number of students enrolled to the course implementation does not meet the required minimum of five students. In the case of cancelled course implementations, the students enrolled to them must be provided with an alternative way of completing the course or be advised to take some other applicable course.