FY8411 - Polymers, Gels and Networks


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course is given every second year. It will be given spring 2022.
The course focuses on the application of physics to describe biological polyelectrolytes, counterion condensation, surface adsorption, complex formation, and pair-interactions of lattice-like polyelectrolytes. It includes the theory to describe the deformation and swelling of polymer networks, including critical phenomena. Non-Gaussian chain statistics and network theories. Gelation and critical phenomena.

Learning outcome

A student that has successfully completed the course has obtained knowledge within:
(i) molecular theories used for the description of polymers and their physical properties
(ii) molecular theories for formation of polyelectrolyte complexes and the polymer multilayers
(iii) theory for phase stability of polymer solutions
(iv) molecular theories for deformation and swelling of polymers and ionic hydrogels, including critical phenomena

A student that has successfully completed the course has the following skills:

(v) application of the relevant molecular theories to describe physical properties of polymers with emphasis on biomacromolecules such as proteins, polysaccharides and nucleic acids
(vi) analysis of experimental results to determine parameter values in the applied molecular theories
(vii) being able to search for relevant scientific literature within the field and critically reflect on the findings presented.
(viii) Being able to discuss and disseminate the main topics of the course.
(ix) Being able to review, analyse and summarize a given subtopic within the field at an advanced level

A student that has successfully completed the course has enhanced their general competence within:
Literature search, written and oral scientific presentation, scientific discussions with its peers

Learning methods and activities

Colloquia and guided self-study. Problem solving. Project work including literature mining, survey, analysis, report writing and in-class presentation. The project work will count with 30% of the grade. A final exam will account for 70%. The results for the different parts are given in %-scores, while the final grade is assigned passed or fail. The exam will be in English only.

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes oral exam and report. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given passed/not-passed. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

Course materials

Course material will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8403 4.0 01.09.2017
FY8201 4.0 01.09.2017
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Technology
  • Polymer Physics
  • Biophysics and Medical Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Physics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



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