A coherent introduction at the graduate student level is offered into the properties and behavior of soft matter with a specific focus on the modelling polymer(-dynamics). The treatment follows the book of H. Gedde and / or M. Rubinstein, but is mainly based on the lecture slides, which will be provided during the course. Polymers are an essential component in many industrial applications, but also in biological systems. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of polymer physics, which are required to predict the static and dynamic properties of such polymeric structures. We will use many examples to illustrate the relevance of these fundamental concepts. Moreover, you will learn how to test and visualize the discussed theories using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the second half of the course, we will explore how we can employ the acquired fundamental knowledge to aid the design of potential applications and help in the investigation of unexplored scientific research areas.|
This course will be offered with a minimal of three students. A minimum of three students is required.