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Syllabus for

Academic year
KBT026 - Polymer chemistry and physics
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-09 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0215 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   11 Jan 2016 pm H,  05 Apr 2016 am H,  24 Aug 2016 am SB

In programs

MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Ergang Wang
Docent  Christian Müller


KBT025   Polymer chemistry and physics


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Surface and materials science (KTK105) or courses with equivalent polymer content.


The course shall give deep and basic knowledge and understanding of the chemistry and physics of polymers. This includes especially the following polymer subjects: synthesis, characterization, structure-properties relationships, and the physics of solutions and solid state.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

1) describe how different kinds of polymers can be synthesised on a laboratory as well as industrial scale
2) calculate the molecular weight of a polymer with regard to the composition of the feed of a polymerisation reaction
3) suggest analysis methods that permit to characterise the chemical and physical structure of polymers
4) explain the microstructure of polymers
5) describe physical properties of polymers in the melt and in the solid state
6) describe how materials properties are influenced by specific polymer structures
7) describe what are semi-conducting polymers and their applications


In general the lectures follow the outline of the course literature. The lecture themes are as follows:
1) introduction and basic principles
2) polymer synthesis (step-growth, radical, ionic, coordination and co-polymerization)
3) polymers in solution
4) molar mass determination
5) structure determination
6) the crystalline state
7) the amorphous state
8) liquid-crystalline polymers
9) mechanical and dielectric properties
10) the elastomeric state
11) structure-property relationships
12) conjugated polymers

The tutorials deal with important concepts presented in the lectures.

The laboratory assignments start with the synthesis of two different polymers which are analysed in the following sessions using SEC, DMA, DSC, IR and NMR. The lab course ends with a lab seminar where the results are discussed.


The course includes about 16 lectures, 7 tutorials, 4 labs, and 1 lab seminar.


J.M.G. Cowie: Polymers: Chemistry & Physics of Modern Materials (Third edition).


The learning outcomes are assessed through a written exam, graded according to TH, as well as completed laboratory assignments and an approved laboratory seminar. The grades for the written exam and the laboratory assignments/seminar are registered separately (6 + 1.5 HP).

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