Lecture Notes

LEC # TOPICS
1 Introduction; hard vs. soft solids; polymerization ( PDF - 1.5 MB )
2 Chains; thermodynamics of polymer solutions ( PDF )
3 Thermodynamics (cont.): Mean field; Flory Huggins and lattice theory; entropy and enthalpy of mixing; phase diagrams ( PDF )
4 Polymer blends; viscosity; osmometry ( PDF )
5 Osmometry (cont.); SEC (size exclusion chromatography) and GPC (gel permeation chromatography) ( PDF - 1.3 MB )
6 Scattering; Zimm plots ( PDF - 1.1 MB )
7 Glass transition temperature Tg ( PDF )
8 Diffusion of polymers; reptation; elasticity ( PDF )
9 Gels; Flory-Rehner theory ( PDF - 2.0 MB )
10 Self organization ( PDF - 2.0 MB )
11 Intermaterial dividing surface (IMDS); polymer-based photonics ( PDF - 3.0 MB )
12 Photonic crystals ( PDF - 2.2 MB )
13 Influence of chain architecture on microdomain characteristics ( PDF - 1.8 MB )
14 Block copolymer-homopolymer blends ( PDF - 1.2 MB )
15 Hierarchically ordered BCP-nanoparticle composites ( PDF )
16 Top down meets bottom up ( PDF - 1.6 MB )
17 Chain folding; polyethylene and nylon; spherulites ( PDF - 1.2 MB )
18 Mechanical properties; crazing; microframes and millitrusses ( PDF )
19 Mechanical properties (cont.) ( PDF )
20 Single wall and multi-wall nanotubes (SWNT, MWNT) ( PDF )
21 Electronic polymers ( PDF - 2.3 MB )
22 Polymer conductives; polypyrrole chains; optical interactions ( PDF )
23 Wrap-up and review

Supplemental Readings

Ruzette, A.-V., and L. Leibler. “Block copolymers in tomorrow’s plastics.” Nature Materials 4 (2005): 19-31.

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