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Physik der Polymere (Polymer Physics)

Wahlpflichtfach 2 (Elective 2)

Lecturer: Prof. Günter Reiter, Dr. Falko Ziebert
Time: 3 hours, Wed 10-11, Thu 14-16
Location: Physics Tower Room 315
Start: 11/05/2011

Preliminary Program:


It is nearly impossible to imagine our everyday life and technology without polymers, if for example we think of materials such as PET bottles, PVC, nylon, teflon or rubber. Even in nature  biopolymers are ubiquitous, e.g., DNA, proteins and cellulose. This lecture is an introduction to experimental and theoretical concepts for the understanding and description of polymer systems. Both, applied and material aspects - like the flowing of polymers, elastomers and crystalline polymers - as well as current topics in the basic research, e.g., the glass transition, dynamics in confinement, and self-assembly will be discussed.

The course begin with simple single chain phenomena and then progressively deduce more complex structures and dynamics in polymer solutions, melts and blends.

On demand this lecture can be given in English.

Basic courses and Thermodynamics

Introductory Literature:

  • G. Strobl, Physics of Polymers
  • Colby & Rubinstein, Polymer Physics
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