Polymer Science and Soft Matter

Module Title - Polymer Science and Soft Matter
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module will give you an understanding of the principal features of polymer science and engineering, and will enable you to relate chemical structure, morphology and physical properties in polymers.

You will also given the opportunity to investigate an advanced topic, such as: block copolymers; dendrimers; polymer brushes and surfaces; liquid crystalline polymers; cyclic polymers; polymers for displays; OLEDS and functional polymers; supercritical fluid processing; polymer optical fibres and sensors; biodegradable polymers and polymers for drug delivery; and polymer tribology. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Explain the principal features of polymer structure and morphology.
  • Explain the kinetics of polymer crystallisation (from DSC) and the effect of temperature on microstructure.
  • Explain the principles of viscoelasticity, mechanical failure and wear of polymers.
  • Explain the principles of miscibility and blending of polymers.
  • Discuss cyclic polymers and their blending, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Discuss the control of morphology via bacterial synthesis of polymers.
  • Explain the concepts of organic electronics; OLEDS, organic photovoltaics and flexible substrates for displays.
  • Discuss thermoanalytical techniques and be familiar with selected polymer characterisation techniques.
  • Investigate and present an advanced topic in polymer science.