Course: Polymer Physics

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Course title Polymer Physics
Course code KCH/FYP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Lukáš David, prof. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
Lectures: 1. Polymer lattice models, Ideal chain and size estimation. 2. Probability of spatial distribution of ideal chain segments. 3. Gaussian chain, bead and spring model. 4. Chains with long distance interaction, String interaction with solvent. 5. Temperature and ball-globule transition, Inner similarity, scaling invariance and chain universality. 6. Flory-Huggins theory of polymer solutions. 7. Stability of polymer blend, phase diagrams. 8. Chemical potential and osmotic pressure. 9. Polymer solutions and Hyldebrand solubility parameter, Hansen solubility parameters. 10. Solubility fracture parameters and Teas graphs, Types of solvents, Mixed solvents, Health risks associated with the use of solvents. 11. Polymeric gels and elasticity of polymer chain. 12. Fundamentals of statistical physics and thermodynamics of polymers, Hammersley-Clifford theorem. 13. Interaction and dynamics of biopolymers. 14. Protein folding. Exercises: 1. Simulation of random and non-intersecting walks. 2. Determination of cloudiness point. 3. Viscosity of polymer solutions. 4. Experimental observation of Brown's motion. 5. Validation of the central limit theorem for a one-dimensional random walk. 6. Measurement of osmotic pressure. 7. Preparation of mixed solvent for a given polymer and calculation of its solubility parameters. 8.-14. Seminar on Polymer Physics.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Demonstration, Laboratory work
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Polymer physics is an area of science that has undergone a great evolution over past decades, owing to quite new concepts. Lectures on Polymer Physics represent an introduction to the modern theory of polymer physics. The attention is given to basic concepts and methods of investigating the statistical properties of the assembly of chain-like molecules. The topics include further dynamic properties of polymers in solutions, melts and gels, concentration fluctuation, solubility and mechanical properties.
Student acquire knowledges of subject.
Prerequisites
Introductory undergraduate courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry of bachelor degree.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination, Oral exam, Didactic test

Credit: Participation on seminars. Exam: writtten + oral
Recommended literature
  • Doi M. Introduction to Polymer Physics. ISBN 10: 0198517890.
  • Hiemenz, P. C., Lodge, T. Polymer chemistry, CRC Press, 2007, ISBN 1574447793, 9781574447798.
  • LUKÁŠ D. ASATIANI N. JENČOVÁ V. KUŽELOVA KOŠŤÁKOVÁ E. MIKEŠ P. Fyzika polymerů. Nakladatelství Technická univerzita v Liberci, Liberec, 2018. ISBN 978-80-7494-464-2.
  • Pouchlý J. Fyzikální chemie makromolekulárních a koloidních soustav, VŠCHT 2002, Praha, ISBN 80 7080-422 X.
  • Rubinstein M, Colby R H. Polymer Physics?, Oxford University Press 2003, USA , ISBN-13: 978-0198520597.
  • SCHWARZ U. Theoretical Biophysics. Heidelberg University, Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2019.


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