Principles and Applications of Polymer Physics (MAT 514)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
3
10.00
Özge Akbulut ozgeakbulut@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Doctoral, Master
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CONTENT

Statistical mechanics of chain molecules. The Rotational Isomeric State formalism for calculating chain dimensions and related quantities by the use of matrix multiplication methods. Molecular theory of rubber elasticity. Statistical thermodynamics of polymer solutions. Phase equilibria in polymer systems, swelling of gels. Dynamics mechanisms in polymers in solution and in bulk.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Describe the size of a polymer chain through the concepts of conformation, configuration, end-to-end distance and also after deformation
Combine the understanding of ideal chain conformations, real chain conformations, and thermodynamics to describe the conformations of polymers at all concentrations and temperatures
Model phase behaviour in polymer solutions and blends and understand the parameters behind miscibility and immiscibility in polymeric systems
Apply the basic theories (e.g., affine and phantom network) on the mechanical behavior of rubbers to solve simple engineering problems
Model dynamics of polymers in liquids and melt-state, and relate the physical parameters such as viscosity and storage modulus to the dynamic behavior of polymer chains

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 50
Assignment 15

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Rubinstein and Colby, Polymer Physics
ISBN-10: 0-19-852059-X