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Polymer Physics

POLY 5351 - Polymer Physics

Modern concepts relating to glassy, rubbery and organized states of bulk polymers. Considers rubber elasticity, glass-to-rubber transitions, networks, elements of crystallization, blends and interfacial phenomena.

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POLY 5352 - Polymer Properties

Interrelationships between solid state structure, dynamics and mechanical properties of non-crystalline and semi-crystalline polymers. Considers polymer viscoelasticity, diffusion, failure mechanisms, and elementary polymer rheology. Also offered as CHEG 5352

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POLY 5367 - Polymer Rheology

Analysis of the deformation and flow of polymeric materials. Topics include non-Newtonian flow, viscoelastic behavior and melt fracture with application to polymer processing. Also offered as CHEM 5367.

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POLY 5380 - Polymer Synthesis

Chemistry of the formation of high polymers, including kinetics, mechanisms, and stereochemistry of step growth and addition polymerization. Recent advances in polymer synthesis. Also offered as CHEM 5380.

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POLY 5381 - Polymer Physical Chemistry

A molecular description of the fundamental physico-chemical aspects of polymer solutions and solids. Considers thermodynamics, chain statistics, dynamics, and structure of polymer molecules. Also offered as CHEM 5381.

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POLY 5382 - Polymer Characterization I

Experimental techniques for characterizing polymers on a molecular level, with emphasis on the provision of a working knowledge of instrumental analysis. Experiments include dilute solution viscosity, vapor pressure osmometry, gel permeation chromatography, chemical and spectroscopic analysis. Also offered as CHEM 5382.

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POLY 5384 - Polymer Characterization II

Experimental techniques for characterizing polymers, with emphasis on provision of a working knowledge of instrumental analysis. Experiments include calorimetry, IR and fluorescence spectroscopy and X-ray structure determination. Also offered as CHEM 5384

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POLY 5395 - Biopolymers

Thermodynamics and kinetics of biopolymers (carbohydrates, proteins, DNA/RNA, lipids/biomembranes). Properties, applications, and connections to current research. Also offered as CHEG 5395.

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POLY 5396 - Polymer Processing

Various polymer processing techniques: extrusion; injection molding; film and sheet processing; blow molding; thermoforming; fiber spinning; processing of thermosets and special polymers. Also offered as CHEG 5395 Special Topics

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POLY 5397 - Nanostructural Characterization

Various types of scattering techniques (diffraction, small angle scattering, reflectometry) to investigate global structure of polymeric or other soft materials ranging from A to submicron using different probes (X-ray, neutron, light). Also offered as CHEG 5395.

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POLY 6001 - Seminar in Polymer Science and Engineering

Presentations by invited guest speakers on topics of current interest in various areas of Polymer Science and Engineering. Students in this course receive a grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).

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