Course detail


FCH-MAA_BAcad. year: 2020/2021

In the course "Biopolymers" students will be introduced with the basic biopolymers used in medicine, cosmetics, pharmacy and target applications of these biopolymers. Basic information will be given about the structure, physico-chemical properties and biochemistry directly relevant to their application. A significant modification of native biopolymers and the impact of these modifications on the final properties will be mentioned. The course includes basic principles of analysis and control of biopolymers. During the course, students will be acquainted with the ethical problems of application and testing of biopolymers.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the course Biopolymers, students will understand the problems of relationships and characteristics of important representatives of biopolymers. Emphasis will be placed not only on the understanding of the relationship between primary structure and higher structures but also on the involvement of individual compounds in complex matrices, occurring in living systems. Selected examples will be able to derive general properties for that group of substances. Students will understand the evolution of biopolymers as well as you will be aware of the environmental implications of obtaining biopolymers. It also assumes basic knowledge of the ethics of the use of biopolymers.


Recommended: Biology, Biochemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Abe A., Dušek K., Kobayashi S.: Biopolymers: Lignin, Proteins, Bioactive Nanocomposites. Berlin Heidelberg, Springer -Verlag GmbH, 2010 (EN)
Bhat S.V.,Nagasampagi B.A., Sivakumar M.: Chemistry of Natural Products. Springer Science & Business Media, 2005 (EN)
Carraher Jr. C. E. Seymour/Carraher's Polymer Chemistry: Sixth Edition. CRC Press, 2003 (EN)
Vandamme E. J., Steinbüchel A.: Biopolymers Vol. 5-6. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, 2002. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching in the course takes place through consultations or is properly scheduled.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course is closed by an oral exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

02-Drug delivery
05-Hyaluronan fragments
09-Synthetic polymers
10-Synthetic polymers II
11- Hydrogels
12-Analysis I
13-Analysis II


The aim of the course is to introduce students a broad topic of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers. Topics are of two kinds: focusing on specific usage with a list of appropriate biopolymers; focused on specific biopolymers, whose examples are the general principles applicable to a particular group of biopolymers. Emphasis is placed on the context and application potential of the individual biopolymers.

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPCP_CHM_INT Master's

    branch NPCO_CHM , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit


Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, obligation not entered

Teacher / Lecturer