The course offers an overview of the remarkable properties of polymer materials. We will learn what makes macromolecules special and different from both inorganic and small-molecule organic materials and will understand these differences as a consequence of their high molecular weight. We will become interested in the molecular composition and architecture of macromolecules and will learn how to trace macroscopic properties to the molecular nature of the material. We will then move into properties of polymeric materials and explore the rich variety of mechanical properties – which span the hole range from your elastic spandex pants to bullet proof vests. We will see how the properties of a polymeric material can be enforced by blending different polymers or adding inorganic materials. The lecture will finish with an overview of applications of different polymers, both in daily life and in modern academic research areas.
Fundamentals-Lecture for students of Advanced Materials and Processes, open for guests