BT8135 - Biopolymers Advanced Course I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The chemical structure of biopolymers, nomenclature and reactions. Physical dimensions and chain rigidity. Conformations and conformation changes. Molecular weight distribution. Thermodynamic properties of biopolymers with emphasis on polyelectrolytes. Depolymerisation: chemistry and kinetics. Theoretical basis and laboratory exercises connected to experimental techniques: viscosity and intrinsic viscosity, osmosis, light scattering, chromatographic methods.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, the students are expected to: - Know the structure and properties of important polysaccharides in biotechnology, including the understanding of sequence parameters in alginates. - Be able to, based on a given chemical structure, understand and predict certain physichal properties of a biopolymer, and how these are influenced by external factors (pH, I, T). - Know the principles behind experimental determination of molecular weight distribution (and its various averages). - Determine the shape and extension in solution of a biopolymer, base don physical data. - Use simple methods for depolymerisation of polysaccharides: kinetics and reaction mechanisms.

Learning methods and activities

The course is coordinated with TBT4135 with some overlap. Lectures, theoretical exercises, laboratory work. Project report. The course will be given in English if international students are taking the course. Exam: Written. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

B.E. Christensen: Compendium. Selected review and research articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBT4135 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biotechnology and Food Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-11 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111+SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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