151-0946-00L  Macromolecular Engineering: Networks and Gels

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersM. Tibbitt
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0946-00 GMacromolecular Engineering: Networks and Gels4 hrs
Tue08:00-10:00ER SA TZ »
08:15-10:00HG D 1.2 »
Thu13:00-15:00ER SA TZ »
13:15-15:00HG D 1.2 »
M. Tibbitt

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AbstractThis course will provide an introduction to the design and physics of soft matter with a focus on polymer networks and hydrogels. The course will integrate fundamental aspects of polymer physics, engineering of soft materials, mechanics of viscoelastic materials, applications of networks and gels in biomedical applications including tissue engineering, 3D printing, and drug delivery.
ObjectiveThe main learning objectives of this course are: 1. Identify the key characteristics of soft matter and the properties of ideal and non-ideal macromolecules. 2. Calculate the physical properties of polymers in solution. 3. Predict macroscale properties of polymer networks and gels based on constituent chemical structure and topology. 4. Design networks and gels for industrial and biomedical applications. 5. Read and evaluate research papers on recent research on networks and gels and communicate the content orally to a multidisciplinary audience.
Lecture notesClass notes and handouts.
LiteraturePolymer Physics by M. Rubinstein and R.H. Colby; samplings from other texts.
Prerequisites / NoticePhysics I+II, Thermodynamics I+II

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ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersM. Tibbitt
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Additional information on mode of examinationWritten examination of 120 minutes.

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