FY8201 - Polymer Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 20/100 ALLE
Written examination 80/100 4 hours C

Course content

This course includes an introduction to polymers, ideal and real polymer chain models and chain conformational properties, thermodynamics of polymer solutions and melts, formation and properties of polymer networks, dynamics of polymer chains in solution and melts, self-assembly of copolymers, adsorption of polymers at surfaces, scattering and rheological properties of polymers, and modelling of simple chain models in dilute solution and at surfaces.

Learning outcome

A student that has met the objectives of the course will be able to (i) enumerate and discuss different polymer chain models, (ii) describe polymer properties and enumerate experimental techniques for their determination, (iii) predict the phase stability of polymer solutions, (iv) explain polymer and polyelectrolyte gel swelling, (v) interpret scattering and rheological experiments with polymers, (vi) describe diffusion in polymeric systems, (vii) relate polymer structure with its self-assembly and predict polymer phase behavior as function of solvent, and (viii) describe polymer adsorption at surfaces and discuss how the polymer structure is expected to affect the adsorption properties.

Learning methods and activities

Colloquia and guided self-study. Short research project, including report writing and in-class presentation. The research project will count with 20% of the grade. A final exam will account for 80%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the final grade is assigned passed or fail. The exam will be in English only. Usually oral exam but a written form can be agreed upon.

Required previous knowledge

Required background in physics, mathematics and chemistry.

Course materials

“Polymer Physics” by Rubinstein and Colby, Oxford University Press, 2003
Other literature sources will be given when the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIF4997 7.5
FY8411 4.0 2017-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 20/100 ALLE
Spring ORD Assignment 20/100 ALLE
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 C 2016-11-30 09:00 E1
Spring ORD Written examination 80/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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