NSCPHD1268  Polymer Physics

Volume 2015/2016


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The random walk model, pair correlation functions, radius of gyration, non-ideal chains, excluded volume, thermodynamic properties of polymer solutions, correlation fluctuation in polymer solutions, scaling theory, polymer blends, block copolymers, elasticity of rubber, the stress optical law, swelling of gels, Brownian motion, Rouse theory, Zimm theory, dynamic light scattering, reptation, entanglement effects and the tube model, viscoelasticity of polymers.

Learning Outcome

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

  • Model polymer conformations at      equilibrium
  • Interpret scattering      experiments with polymers
  • Model the thermodynamics of polymers in solution
  • Model phase behavior of polymeric systems
  • Describe diffusion in polymeric systems by      Brownian dynamics
  • Describe diffusion in polymeric systems by Fokker      Planck equations

M Doi: Introduction to Polymer Physics (Oxford Science Publ.), + Lecture Notes

No formal requirement, but basic knowledge of statistical physics and physical chemistry is expected. Further insight into polymer technology is advantageous.
Lectures by teachers and lectures and seminars given by participants
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Evaluation of exercises/reports.
Active participation and final test
Exam registration requirements

Active participation

All aids allowed

Lecture book and notes applied for the seminars. No aids at examination.

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period


Criteria for exam assesment

Theoretical understanding of the physics of polymer and macromolecular systems, their structure and their dynamics.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 54
  • Preparation
  • 130
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Total
  • 188