Applied Materials Science and Engineering
Full course description
Description of the course: The elective course provides students with (pre-requisite) background in the field of polymer materials science extended insights to physical properties and advanced characterisation methods. Specifically for biobased polymer materials the listed subjects from the multidisciplinary field of Soft Matter science are addressed. Description of skills training during the course: Further to lectures on the background with available data and theories also lab training, discussion skills, and presentation skills will be imparted. The students will learn about fundamentals of materials physics and mechanics as well as state-of-the-art analytical tools for evaluating scientific methods and results.
· Communicate on the role of polymers in materials science and engineering in general discussions · Be able to identify advantages and disadvantages between processing and the processed products of polymers, metals, and ceramics · Be aware of different structure–property relations for biobased polymeric materials with relation to: o Molecular structure. The students are able to identify the role of molecular conformations and configurations on general thermal behavior, phase behavior and potential processing routes o Crystallization. The students know the differences between the formation of 1) chain-folded crystals, 2) non-periodic layer crystals, and 3) extended chain crystals, and are able to translate these concepts to the thermal and mechanical properties. o Morphology. The students are able to predict polymer morphologies under quiescent and defined flow conditions in homopolymers and polymers blends. o Additives. The students are able to identify the effect of the introduction of various additives on the thermal behavior and mechanical performance in polymers. o Mechanical performance. The students are able employ their knowledge regarding molecular structure, morphology, and additives to predict their effects on the mechanical performance of processed polymers. · Know the basic theory relating to Flory Huggins Lattice Model, and being able to use it to read solution phase diagrams, identify polymer miscibility, phase stability, and the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transitions. · Have theoretical insight and practical experience with microscopy, rheometry, thermal analysis, spectroscopy and scattering analysis techniques