MSc Polymer Materials Science and Engineering
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit covers a number of ‘soft’ polymer systems, providing an understanding of the underlying principles.
The unit aims to: Primarily, to provide an understanding of the principles underlying the behaviour of soft matter: polymer biomaterials, colloids and elastomers. Provide an overview of the properties and applications of polymer biomaterials, colloids and elastomers.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Intellectual skills
• Practical skills
• Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, group tutorials (problem sessions), recommended textbooks, web resources, self- teaching worked examples, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).
Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate a broad knowledge of polymer soft matter systems.
Understand the underlying physics and chemistry in a range of polymer soft matter systems.
Understand the thermodynamics of elastic chains and be familiar with the methods for the characterisation of networks.
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of colloids and surfaces in biomaterials science.
Describe DLVO theory and use this to predict conditions where adsorption of proteins and bacteria by biomaterial surfaces will occur.
Demonstrate a broad knowledge of how polymeric materials are used
Knowledge of the applications and commercial limitations of soft polymer systems.
Show improved logical reasoning, problem solving and ability in applied mathematics.
Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of polymeric network.
Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of self-assembly
Explain the relationships between the structure and properties of hydrogels.
Knowledge of the applications and commercial limitations of hydrogel systems.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Solve problems utilising appropriate methods.
Assess results critically.
Communicate results reliably and effectively.
Compose simple technical reports on laboratory tests.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Feedback given verbally and written.
Principles of Tissue Engineering 3rd Edition, R Lanza, R Langer and J Vacanti. Biomaterials: an introduction, 3rd Edition, J Park and RS Lakes; Springer 2007. Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, 3 editions, BD Ratner et al. Additional items will be provided through Blackboard
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|Alberto Saiani||Unit coordinator|