Ability to organize and perform experiments using instrumental analytical techniques for the characterization of polymers and determination of their properties.
Be acquainted with the basic knowledge of these techniques and process the data of the experiments.
To evaluate the result and understand the polymers’ properties from both laboratory experiments and “Polymer Science” module.
Students should have basic knowledge of Polymer Science and Instrumental Analysis.
Viscometry: determination of intrinsic viscosity, average molecular weight Mv and molecular size of macromolecules by using Ubbelohde viscometers.
Gel permeation chromatography (GPC): determination of average molecular weights and molecular weight distribution of polymers.
Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR): application of FTIR for the identification of polymers and determination of copolymer composition.
Ultra violet spectroscopy (UV): application of UV spectroscopy for the study of polymer solubility. Determination of Θ temperature and the lower critical solution temperature (LCST).
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC): determination of glass transition temperature, degree of crystallization and melting temperature of polymeric samples.
Tensile Testing: stress-strain curves of various polymeric samples and determination of mechanical ultimate properties.
Polymer Rheology: study of the rheological behavior of concentrated aqueous polymer solutions by using Couete viscometer, effect of Mw and temperature.
LAB/PRACTICE: 4 h/w
Total Module Workload (ECTS Standards):
Multiple choise test, before practice (25%), Report with the results (25%), Final writing examination (50%).
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2. Experiments in Polymer Science, E.A. Collins, J. Bares, F.W. Billmeyer, Jr. Wiley, New York, 1973