Trends in Polymer Science

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WBCH034-05
Vaknaam Trends in Polymer Science
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Trends in Polymer Science
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
explain what a polymeric gel is; classify different kind of gels (chemical and physical) based on their intermolecular forces and to identify the sol-gel transition. The student is able to describe how to measure the macroscopic properties of a gel.

identify the different kind of organic and polymeric liquid crystalline (PLC) structures. The student is able to classify X-ray diffraction patterns typical for different PLC phases. The student is able to explain the working principle of LC based devices (calculators, privacy windows, etc).
illustrate the theory for charged colloidal stability (DLVO). The student is able to describe how to synthesize and characterize colloidal polymeric particles.
describe the chemical and the electronic structure of conducting polymers and explain their chemical doping. Explain how to characterize the nanostructure in thin films for typical conducting polymers.
describe the different controlled free-radical polymerization (CRP) techniques and their difference with respect to the classical free-radical polymerization. The student is able to solve problems on the homopolymer and block-copolymer synthesis using CRP.
Omschrijving The purpose of this course is to guide the students towards some of the most actual topics in polymer science, providing them with basic knowledge as well as showing them novel, advanced applications of polymer science.

Topics that are treated during the course are:
-) introduction to polymers
(main classification, molecular weight, molecular forces)
-) polymer gels
(definition, gel properties, sol-gel transition, rheology, recent polymeric gel examples)
-) liquid crystalline polymers
(different kind of polymer liquid crystals, properties, thermal and optical properties, structure, stimuli-responsive LCP, LC smart windows)
-) polymer colloids and emulsion polymerization
(theory of charged colloids, salt effect, X-ray and light scattering, rheology, synthesis)
-) conducting polymers
(different type of conducting polymers, band structure, solitons, polarons, bipolarons, characterization, recent applications)
-) controlled radical polymerization
(ATRP, RAFT, Nitroxide-mediated, block polymers by CRP)
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Total hours of lectures: 20 hours, self study: 76 hours, assignment: 40 hours.)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(See remarks.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Prof. Dr. G. Portale
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. K.U. Loos ,Prof. Dr. G. Portale
Verplichte literatuur
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Book chapters and scientific papers complementary to the lecture slides and to study for the exam are indicated with links on Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from Macromoleculaire Chemie I.
Opmerkingen The course prepares students for carrying out a bachelor in polymer and soft matter chemistry . The courses connects with other courses in the Smart materials track providing skills on structural and property characterization of advanced (soft) materials.

Pass mark:
The students are asked to reproduce knowledge from the lecture or work with the concepts acquired in the lecture. All learning objectives are part of the exam and are weighted equally. The assessment criteria are based on the model of correct answers. The lowest mark for passing the course is a 6 with over 50% correct answers.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Chemistry  ( Smart Materials ) 3 semester II a verplicht
BSc Courses for Exchange Students: Chemistry - Chemical Engineering - semester II a