Course: Technology of Natural Polymers

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Course title Technology of Natural Polymers
Course code TUIP/TE7TP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Krejčí Ondřej, Ing. PhD.
  • Mokrejš Pavel, prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Histology of tanning, chemical composition of leather. 2. Leather processing. 3. Processing collagen into glue and gelatins. 4. Production process of glue and gelatins from gluess. 5. Production process of glue and gelatins from bones. 6. Production of flat collagen-based materials. 7. Production of collagen hydrolysates (from native collagen, chromium tanned blacks, handling leather waste). 8. Processing fleshings into fat and feed. 9. Composting of collagen (protein) by-products. 10. Treatment of keratin by-products. 11. Isolation of casein, casein properties, cheese production. 12. Isolation of soya protein. 13. Production of potato and corn starch. 14. Production of bio-plastics from starch.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecturing, Simple experiments
  • Home preparation for classes - 35 hours per semester
  • Participation in classes - 84 hours per semester
  • Preparation for examination - 45 hours per semester
  • Preparation for course credit - 16 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject informs about industrial processing of collagen and other proteins and saccharides. It introduces procedures applied in tanning processing of collagen and processing of collagen into glue and gelatin. Further, it presents flat materials based on collagen, hydrolysates of collagen and utilization of collagen for feeding purposes. It describes casein production and processing, soy protein production, potato and wheat starch production and starch bioplastics production.
The student understands industrial processing of collagen and other selected proteins and polysaccharides.
Knowledge of Natural polymers.

Assessment methods and criteria
Grade (Using a grade system), Oral examination, Written examination, Analysis of works made by the student (Technical products)

Credit: prescribed attendance at lessons and submission of laboratory reports. Examination: knowledge of the extent of the curriculum presented in lectures or assigned for self-study. Knowledge and skills acquired in laboratory exercises. Written and oral examination. The result of a subject examination is expressed on a six-point scale: A "výborně" (i.e. "excellent"), B "velmi dobře" (i.e. "very good"), C "dobře" (i.e. "good"), D "uspokojivě" (i.e. "satisfactory"), E "dostatečně" (i.e. "sufficient"), F "nedostatečně" (i.e. "fail").
Recommended literature
  • Blažej, A. et al. Technologie kůže a kožešin. Praha, 1984.
  • Domb, A. J. et al. Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers. CRC Press, 1998.
  • Chum, H. L. Polymers from Biobased Materials. New Persey, 1991.
  • Mokrejš, Pavel. Aplikace přírodních polymerů. Vyd. 1. Zlín : Univerzita Tomáše Bati ve Zlíně, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7318-674-6.
  • Park, J. B., Bronzino, J. D. Biomaterials: Principles and Applications. CRC Press, 2002.
  • Vodrážka, Z. Biochemie. Praha, 1999.
  • Voet, D., Voetová, J.G. Biochemie. Praha, 1995.
  • WOOL R.P., SUN X.S.. Bio-Based Polymers and Composites. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-763952-7.

Study plans that include the course
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