Rubber elasticity, glass transition phenomena, phase separation kinetics, crystallization thermodynamics and kinetics, physics of polymer crystals, description and determination of crystalline and amorphous orientation. Muthukumar, Karasz, Russell, Strey
This course deals with the challenges and issues of managing a group of scientists ? in industry or academia. Although many of you are being successfully trained as scientists and engineers, graduate school should also begin your preparation as a manager or advisor. These are the positions that many of you will assume over the next several years. As you'll learn through this course, a successful career in science and engineering relies on many skills that are not related to your ability in the laboratory. We will discuss topics such as proposal writing, lab management, communication strategies, and mentoring. Our coverage of these topics in this initial course will not be deep, but it will be broad and insightful.
Mechanisms, kinetics, and thermodynamics of the principal polymerization reactions. Recent special topics included liquid crystalline polmers, piezoelectric polymers, biopolymers, olefin metathesis polymerization. Prerequisite: POLYMER 607.
Physical and organic chemistry of polymers for persons with a basic training in chemistry, physics, or engineering. A survey of preparative methods of polymers; physical chemistry of polymer molecules in solution, liquid, and solid phases; thermodynamics and statistics of polymers; methods of characterization; mechanical properties, fabrication techniques. Prerequisites: one semester of physical chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry. For non-PS&E students.