Course Title : Polymer Physical Properties

Code 10D652
Course Year Master Course
Class day & Period
Location A2-307
Credits 3
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor Hirokazu Hasegawa, Takenao Yoshizaki, Tsuyoshi Koga, Mikihito Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aoki,

Course Description

A concise explanation is given of physical properties of polymer solutions and polymeric solids along with relevant basic theories.


Final grades will be evaluated in a comprehensive manner on the basis of attendance, reports, and examinations.

Course Goals

Fundamental knowledge of physical properties of polymer materials.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Polymer Chain Conformation in Dilute Solutions 4 After a clarification of basic factors which determine the conformations of real polymer chains in dilute solutions, some polymer chain models are introduced to describe the equilibrium conformational behavior of the real chains. Further, behavior of average chain dimensions as a functions of molecular weight is considered based on the chain models.
Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior of Polymer Solutions 4 Various phase transition phenomena in polymer solutions (phase separation, hydration, association, gelation, etc.) are systematically explained from thermodynamic and statistical-mechanical viewpoints. Phase separation of polymer solutions, Aqueous polymer solutions, and Association and gelation of polymers are discussed in the lectures.
Exercise 1 Exercise in polymer solutions.
Structure and Mechanical Properties of Polymeric Solids 5 Polymeric solids such as rubber and plastics, especially thermodynamics of rubber elasticity, polymer crystallization and crystalline/amorphous higher-order structures, are discussed. Moreover, fundamentals of viscoelastic properties of polymers are introduced to provide the understandings of relaxation phenomena such as glass transition.
Electronic and Optical Properties of Polymeric Solids 5 The electronic and optical properties of polymers is reviewed. The application of polymer materials in the opto-electronics and display devices is also presented.
Exercise 1 Exercise in polymeric solids.


Lecture notes distributed in the class.



Fundamental knowledge of physical chemistry.

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