Course detail


FCH-MCO_BIPAcad. year: 2017/2018

In the course Biopolymers students will be introduced to basic biopolymers used in medicine, cosmetics and pharmacy as well as to the targeted applications of these biopolymers. Basic information on structure, physico-chemical properties and biochemistry relevant to their target applications will be provided. Significant modifications of native biopolymers will be mentioned and the impact of these modifications on the final properties. The course also includes basic principles of analysis and control of biopolymers. During the course the students will be acquainted with the ethical problems of application and testing of biopolymers.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the Biopolymer course, the student will focus on the properties of the most important biopolymers used in medicine, pharmacy and cosmetics. Students will be asked about both the application and the raw material, so that the student understands the complicated correlation between the structure and the final application. The acquired knowledge will be further transferable to non-mentioned polymers. By generalizing the principles of application of these biopolymers, the student will be able to translate this information into practice and will form the basis for further professional development in the field of biological macromolecules.


Knowledge of selected chapters from Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry and Biopolymer Technology.



Recommended optional programme components


Recommended or required reading

Vandamme E. J., Steinbüchel A.: Biopolymers Vol. 5-6. Weinheim, Wiley-VCH, 2002. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination: Written and oral.

Language of instruction


Work placements


Course curriculum

1. Introduction
2) Carrier systems
3) Scaffolds
4) Hydrogels
5) Hyaluronan
6) Collagen
7) Chitin, chitosan
8) beta-1,3-D-glucans
9) Polyhydroxyalkanoates
10) Synthetic biopolymers I
11) Synthetic biopolymers II
12) Analysis of biopolymers I
13) Analysis of biopolymers II


The aim of the course "Biopolymers" is to provide students with a basic overview of significant biopolymers, especially polysaccharides and proteins. Emphasis is placed on applying these biopolymers in medicine, pharmacy and cosmetics. Students will be acquainted with the relationship of structure and application of individual important biopolymers and these bases will be expanded with the basic application principles of these substances in the living organism.

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

Presence at lectures.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPCP_SCH Master's

    branch NPCO_SCH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme NKCP_SCH Master's

    branch NKCO_SCH , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme NPCP_MA Master's

    branch NPCO_MA , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer