Rubber elasticity, glass transition phenomena, phase separation kinetics, crystallization thermodynamics and kinetics, physics of polymer crystals, description and determination of crystalline and amorphous orientation. 
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This course is an advanced, discussion-based look at the principles and measurement of the mechanics of adhesion for soft materials.  This topic has a large influence on numerous applications/fields at the forefront of today's leading technologies: from nanotech to biotech.  Considerable emphasis will be placed on contact mechanics that are at the heart of commonly used methods to assess surface and interfacial properties in thin films and soft, bio-related materials.


  • To relate force, displacement, and interfacial area for two contacting elastic bodies with defined geometry in the absence of adhesion.

  • To account for the influence of interfacial energy in the deformation of elastic materials.

  • To quantitatively and qualitatively describe the influence of viscoelasticity on the contact response of two bodies.

  • To relate force, displacement, and interfacial area to the process of separating one material layer from another by peeling

  • To identify two mechanisms of adhesion used by organisms

  • To relate materials properties to commonly used descriptors for adhesion and contact mechanical response.

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Methods of structural characterization for important morphological classes of polymers. Overview of scattering physics leading to a discussion of specific techniques such as small and wide angle x-ray and transmission electron microscopy. Polymeric materials surveyed include mesophases, liquid crystalline polymers, polymer blends, block copolymers, crystalline polymers forming lamellae or spherulites.
Physical and organic chemistry of polymers for persons with a basic training in chemistry, physics, or engineering. A survey of preparative methods of polymers; physical chemistry of polymer molecules in solution, liquid, and solid phases; thermodynamics and statistics of polymers; methods of characterization; mechanical properties, fabrication techniques. Prerequisites: one semester of physical chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry. For non-PS&E students.