Course detail

Laboratory Classes in Biopolymer Processing Technology

FCH-MC_TZB_PAcad. year: 2022/2023

Students will expand their laboratory skills and practical knowledge in the set of laboratory classes, they will be acquainted with the basic material and technological properties of selected biopolymers and their use in a number of valuable and current applications such as preparation of transport systems for food and cosmetics, encapsulation techniques and procedures, edible food packaging or preparation of microparticles and microfibers.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to the subject, organizational information.
2. Identification of everyday plastics by their physical properties.
3. Processing of polymer based on starch.
4. Preparation of hydrogels based on gelatin and their use as transport systems.
5. Preparation of hydrogels based on poly(vinyl alcohol).
6. Natural product isolation.
7. Natural product encapsulation by the emulsion-solvent evaporation method.
8. Preparation and characterization of liposomes.
9. Preparation of microparticles from hydrophobic polyesters.
10. Preparation of microfibers from hydrophobic polyesters.
11. Production of own biopolymer and its application
12. Mechanical properties of our biopolymers – tensile testing.
13. Presentation of students results.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic properties of selected biopolymers and methods of their processing and use in selected high-end applications.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Essential for successful ending of study.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

V. Ducháček, POLYMERY: Výroba, vlastnosti, zpracování, použití, VŠCHT Praha (3. vydání, 2011), ISBN 978-80-7080-788-0 (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPCP_CHPL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme NKCP_CHPL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer