BT8116 - Biopolymers: Experimental methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/3 D
Work 2/3

Course content

The course is normally offered every other year, next time will be spring 2022. If too few students sign up for the course, it might be cancelled. A limited number of methods are selected each year depending on needs and qualifications of the students. Examples: -Analysis of molecular weight, size and shape of biopolymers in solution using static and multi-angle light scattering, X-ray scattering and neutron scattering -Dynamic light scattering -Determination of the molecular weight distribution (polydisperse systems) using size-exclusion chromatography combined with light scattering and viscosity detectors. -Intrinsic viscosity determination. Viscosity of biopolymer solutions. -Chiropical methods (Optical rotation, circular dichroism) -Analysis of the carbohydrate composition (primary structure) in complex carbohydrates. -Analysis of complex oligomer mixtures by HPLC og mass spectrometriy (MS) -Chromatographic separation and purification of proteins. -Studies of conformational properties and conformational transitions. -Rheological studies of biopolymer gels and solutions. -Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). -Literature studies. -Other methods may be included if needed or as a consequence of the scientific development in the field.

Learning outcome

Scope: Practical introduction to, and in-depth studies experimental methods for characterizing biopolymers.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching consists of regular lectures and group work/colloquia. Relevant international courses and conferences may be included in the course. The course is given as concentrated teaching and laboratory work. Students are only permitted to take the course after approval by the Department, and it might be cancelled if not enough students register. The course will be given in English if necessary.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Students must deliver satisfactory reports including theory, materials and methods, results and discussion. Reports must be approved before the exam can be taken

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Requires knowledge corresponding to TBT4135 or BT8135

Course materials

Distributed at start of the course

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BT8109 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Polymer Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Examination arrangement: Oral examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/3 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 1/3 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 2/3
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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