Checking date: 17/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Advanced Polymeric Materials
Master in Materials Sciences and Engineering (Plan: 361 - Estudio: 79)


Department assigned to the subject: Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Not applicable
A student that has met the objectives will be able to Being able to understand the differences between small molecules and polymers. Describing polymer properties and knowing experimental techniques for their determination. Predicting the phase stability of polymer solutions. Describing the structure and dynamics of polymers. Describing the solid state (amorphous and crystalline) of a polymer Describing the most advanced and current techniques of polymer synthesis to obtain functional polymeric materials with advanced properties. Provide knowledge and understanding of the relationship between polymer chemical structure, physical properties, processing methods, and ultimate applications. Provide knowledge to predict polymer phase behavior in a Polymer Blend Being able to identify materials for specific applications
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Advanced polymer materials specific topics: - Introduction. Polymer technology. - Recycling of polymers. - Biopolymers, synthesis, and applications - Synthesis of (bio)polymers using green chemistry methods - Biopolymers for bioplastics - Production of bioplastics from biomass - Biopolymers for a sustainable future - Lignocellulosic biomass: A sustainable platform for the production of polymers and bio-based chemicals - Macromolecular conformations. Molecular weights - Polymer Synthesis. Polymerization Techniques - Solid State of Polymers. Relaxations in amorphous polymers, melting and crystallization. - Viscoelasticity. - Elasticity of rubber. - Polymer Blends and multicomponent systems. - Advanced techniques of synthesis and functionalization, polymers for advanced applications. - Hydrogels - Polymers for biomedical applications - Dielectric and conductive properties of polymers and their applications - Simulation with molecular dynamics of Polymers
Learning activities and methodology
TRAINING ACTIVITIES AF1Theoretical-practical classes AF2 Laboratory AF3 Tutorials AF4 Group work AF5 Student individual work AF6 Visits to companies in the sector or research centers TEACHING METHODOLOGIES MD1, Presentations in a class by the teacher with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and examples exercises or practical cases are given. MD3, Resolution by the student (individually or in a group) of practical cases, exercises proposed by the teacher MD4, Presentation, and discussion in class, under the teacher's moderation, of topics related to the content of the subject MD5, Obtaining experimental results in the laboratory. Managing research equipment and techniques under the guidance of the professor MD6, Preparation of work and reports individually or in groups
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 65
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 35

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • Dietrich Braun, Harald Cherdron, Matthias Rehahn, Helmut Ritter, Brigitte Voit. Polymer Synthesis: Theory and Practice. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2013
  • M. Rubinstein, Ralph H. Colby . Polymer Physics . OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2003
  • D.R. Paul, C.B. Bucknall,. Polymer Blends. Vol. I: formulation y Vol. II: performance; Ed. Willey-Interscience, N.Y., 2000..
  • E.A. Turi. Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers¿ en ¿Thermal Characterization of Polymeric Materials. Vol 1, and Vol 2 Academic Press, USA, 1997..
  • L.H. Sperling. Physical Polymer Science. Wiley-Interscience third edition, USA, 2001.
  • Montgomery T. Shaw, William J. MacKnight Hardcover $117.25. Introduction to Polymer Viscoelasticity, 3rd edition. Willey-Interscience, USA. 2005

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.