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 is able to:

  • outline the most common polymerization mechanisms and how they affect polymerization reactions.
  • describe production technologies of the most common polymers and present special features of the reactor types.
  • describe and discuss how the safety and stability of polymer reactors can be affected and is able to conduct stability analysis in research and development of polymer processes.
  • reflect how viscosity affects polymerization processes and can design mixing and heat transfer of polymerization reactors.
  • can scale up/down mixing of polymerizations.
  • explain the use of reactor calorimeter in polymerizations reactors.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 10.04.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka Niskanen

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:

    Course covers the following topics: basics of polymerization processes, special features of process technology and reaction engineering of polymers, and production processes of most important polymers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Home assignments
    Other independent studying

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 24 h
    Home assignments 60 h
    Independent studying 20 h
    Exam and its preparation 30 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Odian: Principles of Polymerization, 3rd. ed. (selected parts). Compendium.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III - V
    2025-2026 Spring III - V


    Max 40 students.

    The students in majors Chemical and process engineering, Fibre and polymer engineering and Bioproducts Engineering are prioritized.

    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.