Trends in Polymer Science

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode CHPTPS05E
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:
1. explain what a is polymeric gel, to classify different kind of gels 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.
2. 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.
3. illustrate the theory for charged colloidal stability. The student is able to describe how to characterize colloidal systems.
4. describe the electronic structure, the principle properties and the nanostructure of the most known conducting polymers.
5. 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 blockcopolymer 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, TEMPO, block polymers by CRP)
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM)
(Total hours of lectures: 16 hours, self study: 54 hours, assignment: 70 hours.)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(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.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator G. Portale, PhD.
Docent(en) prof. dr. K.U. Loos , G. Portale, PhD.
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from Macromoleculaire Chemie I.
Opmerkingen The course prepares students for carrying out a bachelor in chemistry. The courses connects with other courses in the Smart materials track providing skills on structural and property characterization of advanced (soft) materials.

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 Chemistry / Chemical Engineering