Polymer Physics (MAT 404)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
3
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Özge Akbulut -ozgeakbulut@sabanciuniv.edu,
English
Undergraduate
ENS205
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,On-line task/distance
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Task based learning
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CONTENT

Introduction to the statistical mechanics of chain molecules Molecular weight distribution in linear and nonlinear polymers, theory of gelation. Rubber elasticity. Statistical thermodynamics of polymer solutions. Phase equilibria in polymer systems, swelling. Configurational and frictional properties of polymers in dilute solution.

OBJECTIVE

To understand the concepts leading to the observed physical behavior of polymeric systems

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 (%)
Exam 85
Assignment 15

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Rubinstein & Colby, Polymer Physics (2003). ISBN: 0-19-852059-X