In this course a number of applications and (industrial) production processes of polymer materials will be discussed. The course consists of general and specialized lectures, in addition to a company visit. The general lectures contain some essential topics from polymer physics and polymer processing and serve as a background for the specialized lectures.
Part I: Properties and characterization of polymers
Phases and phase transitions of polymers in the solid state
Techniques for thermal analysis of polymers
Mechanical properties of polymers
Physical properties of polymers (transport, surface, electrical, optical) - Industrial polymers and additives
Processing techniques and recycling of polymers
Part II: Applications of polymer materials
Multicomponent polymer materials such as polymer blends, block and graft copolymers, interpenetrating polymer networks
Functional polymers: polymers for nanotechnology, intelligent polymers, conductive polymers, polymer membranes, etc.
Bio-related applications of polymers: biomaterials, filtration, polymers for dental applications, drug delivery, ...
Synthesis and characterization of polymers for bio-related applications
Production techniques for polymer materials: solvent casting, photo-polymerization, electrospinning, ...
Combination of polymer materials with other material classes (metals, ...)
The specialized lectures will be given by a number of guest lecturers and include a number of applications ranging from biobased polymers, membrane applications based on polymer technologies adhesives applications in industrial setup.