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Renewable polymers and Green Materials

Course content:

Polymers derived from renewable resources and green materials are discussed from a scientific and commercial perspective, covering the entire span from established knowledge to future developments.

The course curriculum includes

  • structures and typical property profiles of common renewable polymeric materials,
  • the effect of structural variations on the material performance,
  • a commercial and scientific overview of some industrially anticipated and implemented applications, such as textiles, packaging, biocomposites and nanocellulose
  • degradation and composting issues, and
  • a critical discussion of the commercial potential, sustainability, and cost efficiency of potential green material products. 

Learning objectives:

After passed course the student shall be able:

–  to describe the structure and properties of common renewable polymeric materials

– to critically evaluate effects of variations in materials structures and compositions and how this will influence the performance and the environmental interaction

– to give an overview on how green materials can be utilized in value-adding applications

– to discuss challenges and opportunities in the design and waste management of green materials and in the utilization of green materials in commercial applications, such as textiles, packaging, biocomposites and nanocellulose

May 10-28, 2021, part-time




April 1, 2021



Professors and research leaders from industry


Scientific articles and reviews.


Fundamental knowledge in chemistry, organic chemistry and polymer technology

Course fee:

For Treesearch associated Ph.D-students and post-doc the course is free of charge. For persons from Industries associated to Treesearch the course cost is 5000:- SEK for one person, 9000:- (4500:-/person) SEK for two persons and 12000:- (4000:-/person) for three persons. For persons belonging to organizations not associated to Treesearch the cost is 21.300 SEK

Course responsible:

Prof. Ulrica Edlund, KTH
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Maximum number of participants: 25

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