Course: Polymer Physics I

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Course title Polymer Physics I
Course code TUFMI/TE8F1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Tutorial
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
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
  • Sližová Marta, RNDr. CSc.
Course content
- Polymer structure and architecture of polymeric chains - deffinitions of basic terms, structure of the polymers, primary, secondary, tertiary, chemical bonds. - Intermolecular forces - orientation, induction and dispersion forces, density of cohesive energy, dissolution parameter. - Polymer division according to the degree of cohesiveness. - Geometry of polymeric chains - conformation, isomers, projection of molecular structures, potential energy of rotational isomers trans, gauche+, gauche-, helices. - Polymeric coils - ideal chains, Brown´s chains, expanded chains, Flory radius, radius of gyration, Kuhn´s length. - Theta solutions and polymeric melts - Boyle temperature. - Polymers in solution - equillibrium states in the liquid phase, critical overlap concentration of coils, diluted and semidiluted polymeric solutions. - Scaling concept - de Gennes. - Equillibrium states in liquid phase - Osmotic pressure. - Polymeric blends - Flory Huggins principle of compatibility. - Polymeric blends - lattice model of polymeric blend, Gibbs free energy of mixing, binodale, spinodale, phase diagrams. - Mechanisms of the phase separation - nucleation growth, spinodal decomposition. Phase behavior of block copolymers - phased iagram of di-block copolymer. - Glass transition temperature - free volume theory, energetic theory, Vogel equation, WLF theory. - Crystallization of polymers - crystallization thermodynamics, kinetics of crystallization, crystal growth, metastabil partially crystal states.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecturing, Simple experiments
  • Preparation for examination - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide the theoretical background for the estimation of intrinsic properties of polymers from the chemical structure, and for the estimation of the behaviour of macromolecular substances (in glassy, rubbery and liquid states and transitions between them) under external physical fields, and about the behaviour of their solutions. Students will acquire knowledge about methods of determination and monitoring the mentioned properties and behaviours, and the principles of the application and service performance of the materials.
Graduates can understand the mutual interconnection between the structure and the properties of polymeric materials with respect to the individual application requirements.
Knowledge of Macromolecular chemistry and Technology of macromolecular substances.

Assessment methods and criteria
Grade (Using a grade system), Written examination

Active participation at laboratory practices as required by the teacher. Graded course credit: knowledge of the curriculum content already dealt with. 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
  • Bueche, F. Physical Properties of Polymers. New York : John Wiley, 1962. ISBN 0470116641.
  • Doi, M. Introduction to Polymer Physics. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-851772-6.
  • Macháček, L. Struktura a vlastnosti materiálů. Brno : VUT, 1987.
  • Meissner, B., Zilvar, V. Fyzika polymerů. Struktura a vlastnosti polymerních materiálů. Praha : SNTL, 1987.
  • Strobl, G. The Physics of Polymers. Concept for Understanding Their Structures and Behavior. Berlin : Springer, 1996. ISBN 3540607684.

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