Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 3MN100
Polymer physics
Course info
Course module3MN100
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeGraduate School
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byEindhoven University of Technology; Applied Physics; Theory of Polymers and Soft matter;
Is part of
Applied Physics
Contact persondr. W.G. Ellenbroek
Contactperson for the course
dr. W.G. Ellenbroek
Other course modules lecturer
Responsible lecturer
dr. W.G. Ellenbroek
Feedback and reachability
Other course modules lecturer
Subject matter expert
dr. W.G. Ellenbroek
Other course modules lecturer
dr. A. Lyulin
Other course modules lecturer
prof.dr. C. Storm
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2016
2  (14/11/2016 to 05/02/2017)
Starting block
TimeslotB: B - Mo 5-8, Tu 9-10, We 1-4
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/06/2016 up to and including 23/10/2016
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Registration open for students from other department(s)Yes
Waiting listNo
Number of insufficient tests-
Number of groups of preference0
Learning objectives
At the end of this course, the student can:
  1. Explain the vocabulary and basic models of polymer physics.
  2. Apply the tools of statistical mechanics to basic models of polymer physics: ideal chains, real chains.
  3. Explain and apply the Flory-Huggins theory in the context of polymer melts and solutions.
  4. Explain the effect of solvent quality on polymer configurations and apply scaling arguments in this context.
  5. Describe in which ways polymers can form networks or gels.
  6. Explain and apply thermodynamics-based models of rubbers (incl. elasticity) and gels (incl. swelling).
  7. Explain and apply the basics of visco-elastic models (stress relaxation, Maxwell model).
  8. Explain the basics of Rouse and Zimm models of polymer dynamics, the differences between the two, and their application to relaxation modes.
  9. Explain the concepts of entanglements and reptation.
  1. Molecular structure of polymers. Role of chain length.
  2. Conformations of linear chain molecules in vacuum, good solvents, bad solvents.
  3. Phase behavior of polymer blends and solutions.
  4. Polymer networks, gelation, rubber elasticity theory. Linear mechanical (elastic/viscoelastic/viscous) properties.
  5. Polymer dynamics: Rouse and Zimm models.
Entrance requirements
The following course module must be completed:
- Statistical physics (3FFX0)
Entrance requirements tests
Assumed previous knowledge
Previous knowledge can be gained by
Resources for self study
Short promotional description of the course
We beschrijven en verklaren de fysische eigenschappen van polymeren - grote moleculen gemaakt van vaak herhalende eenheden. Wat zijn polymeren? Hoe zien ze eruit in vacuum, in een goed oplosmiddel, of in een slecht oplosmiddel? Hoe beschrijven we microscopisch het mengen van polymeren? Welke structuren en mechanische eigenschappen resulteren als ze tot een netwerk verknoopt worden?
Short promotional description of the course
We discuss and explain the physical properties of polymers - large molecules consisting of many repeating units - in the context of their microscopic structure. What do they look like in vacuum, in a good solvent, or in a bad solvent? What happens at the microscopic scale when we try to blend or mix them? What structures and mechanical properties result when they are cross-linked into a network?
Bachelor College or Graduate School
Graduate School
Additional previous knowledge
3FFX0 Statistische fysica
Additional previous knowledge
3FFX0 Statistische fysica
Required materials
"Polymer Physics", Rubinstein and Colby, Oxford University Press
Recommended materials
Mathematica 9 / 10
downloaden via TU/e website (Wolfram)
Instructional modes
College / course


Test weight100
Minimum grade6
Test typeWritten
Number of opportunities2
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3
Test duration in minutes180


Composition of the tests can be changed.

Kies de Nederlandse taal