Course Syllabus for

Advanced Polymer Physics
Avancerad polymerfysik

KAS015F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2020
Decided by: Margareta Sandahl
Date of establishment: 2019-12-17

General Information

Division: Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS)
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The course shall give deep knowledge and understanding about different concepts concerning physical properties of polymers, primarily in the solid state.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Be able to deeply describe and analyze important concepts in polymer physics, and to be able to analyze and describe the behavior and properties of polymer materials from a theoretical point of view.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Be able to plan and evaluate experiments to study the physical properties of polymeric materials.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Be able to deeply discuss different problems and aspects of polymer physics.

Course Contents

Polymers in the amorphous state, the liquid crystalline state and the crystalline state. The glass-rubber transition. Cross-linked polymers and rubber elasticity. Polymer viscoelasticity. Mechanical behavior of polymers. Multicomponent polymeric systems.

Course Literature

Sperling, L.: Introduction to physical polymer science. Wiley-Interscience, 2006.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, project, self-study literature review. The teaching is carried out in the form of seminars where the course participants (after literature studies) present, describe and discuss different areas of polymer physics. A literature project is carried out towards the end of the course where the participants will develop a detailed experimental plan (incl. risk assessment) to experimentally characterize one or several polymer materials, with an evaluation based on theoretical grounds.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Approved course KASN20 Polymer Physics, or similar.
Assumed prior knowledge: Physical and organic chemistry at basic level.

Further Information

The course is given when 5 students are registered and the teacher is available.

Course Occasion Information

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