After this course the student is able to:|
Describe / Explain
a) understand the main polymerization mechanisms, know how desired molar masses are reached and know the molecular characteristics of the produced polymers (e.g. molar mass distribution).
b) explain the principles of various characterization methods in solution and in the melt.
c) explain the differences between amorphous and crystalline materials.
d) understand (dynamic) mechanical properties of polymers and of crosslinked polymers (elastomers), viscoelastic behavior of polymers and polymer viscosity in the melt and in solution.
e) explain the interactions between polymers and solvents, and polymer networks and solvents.
f) perform calculations on the mechanical properties of elastomers.
g) calculate the temperature dependence of relaxation times and melt viscosities.
h) calculate molecular dimensions of polymers.
i) choose appropriate synthesis routes for specific polymers.
j) propose how to introduce end groups and how to form block copolymers (polymer architectures).
The CTOM course provides students with knowledge in the areas of polymer synthesis, characterization, properties in the melt and in solution, and of state of the art polymerization (including living ionic and controlled radical) processes. Relations between the structure of polymers and their properties and applications are discussed.|
The CTOM course consists of two parts: Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Physics. In the Polymer Chemistry part, basic properties of polymers, polymer synthesis techniques, and polymerization mechanisms and kinetics are discussed. In the Polymer Physics part, structure-property relations, amorphous and semicrystalline polymers, mechanical properties, viscoelasticity, chain dimensions, polymer networks and properties in solution will be dealt with.