Review of classical and statistical ther-modynamics, configuration and conformation of isolated polymer chains, the rotational isomeric state model, thermody-namics and statistical mechanics of polymer solutions, scaling theory, single chain dynamics, scattering (light, x-ray, neutron).
Characterization of polymers by up to fifteen methods, including spectroscopic (nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman, infrared), mechanical (tensile, dynamic mechanical, rheological), microscopic (electron microscopy), physiochemical (intrinsic viscosity, differential scanning, calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography) and scattering (light, x-rays). Molecular simulation techniques introduced. Lectures provide state-of-the-art description of these and additional polymer characterization methods.
Theory and practice for both Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy with focus of instrument operation. Students can choose SEM or TEM for the laboratory section. One extra credit will be offered to student who chooses to do laboratory for both SEM and TEM.
Physical and mathematical principles required to understand and solve engineering problems encountered with polymeric materials. Vectors and tensor operations, stress-strain analysis in solids, fluid mechanics, transport equations for mass and energy, nonlinear physical properties, overview of polymer processing.