Soft Condensed Matter Physics, 6 credits

Mjuka material, 6 hp

TFYA37

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Niclas Solin

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

Available for exchange students

Yes
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6CMED 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping E
6CMED Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Biomedical Materials) 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping C
6CTBI Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering (Devices and Materials in Biomedicine) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping E

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Mandatory courses in mathematics and physics for the Y-program or equal.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will ive the student knowledge of the statistical physics of polymers, the chemical, geometrical and electronic structure of polymers as well as the structure, dynamics and processing of polymer solids. We will discuss condensed matter in the form of colloids, amphiphiles, liquid crystals, molecular crystals and biological matter.
After the course, the student should be able to

  • describe the geometry of polymer chains and their dynamics, and the mathematical description of these phenomena
  • utilize thermodynamical analysis of phase transitions in polymers and polymer blends
  • describe micro and nanostructure of polymer solutions and polymer blends
  • describe amphiphile materials, colloids, foams and gels, liquid crystals

Course content

Polymers: terminology, chemical structures and polymerization, solid state structures, polymers in solution, colligative properties. Statistical physics of polymer chains: random coils, entropy measures, rubber physics.
Polymer geometry: random coils, crystals, spherulites, polymers adsorbed on surfaces, in liquid crystals, polymer blends. Flory-Huggins theory for polymer blends. Optical and electronic properties of conjugated polymers. Amphiphilic materials and polyelectrolytes. Liquid crystals. Foams and gels. Biological molecules in condensed phase. Ion conduction in polymer electrolytes.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures and seminars

Examination

UPG1Assignments1.5 creditsU, G
TEN2Written examination4.5 creditsU, 3, 4, 5

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Department

Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Examiner

Niclas Solin

Course website and other links

http://www.ifm.liu.se/undergrad/fysikgtu/coursepage.html?selection=all&sort=kk

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Books

  • Linda S. Hirst, Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science

Compendia


  • Extra material och handouts
Code Name Scope Grading scale
UPG1 Assignments 1.5 credits U, G
TEN2 Written examination 4.5 credits U, 3, 4, 5

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

Additional literature

Books

Linda S. Hirst, Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science

Compendia

Extra material och handouts

Note: The course matrix might contain more information in Swedish.

I = Introduce, U = Teach, A = Utilize
I U A Modules Comment
1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING
1.1 Knowledge of underlying mathematics and science (G1X level)
X
TEN2

                            
1.2 Fundamental engineering knowledge (G1X level)

                            
1.3 Further knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural science (G2X level)
X
TEN2

                            
1.4 Advanced knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural sciences (A1X level)

                            
1.5 Insight into current research and development work

                            
2. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
2.1 Analytical reasoning and problem solving

                            
2.2 Experimentation, investigation, and knowledge discovery
X
UPG1

                            
2.3 System thinking

                            
2.4 Attitudes, thought, and learning

                            
2.5 Ethics, equity, and other responsibilities

                            
3. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION
3.1 Teamwork
X

                            
3.2 Communications
X
UPG1

                            
3.3 Communication in foreign languages
X
TEN2
UPG1

                            
4. CONCEIVING, DESIGNING, IMPLEMENTING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS IN THE ENTERPRISE, SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT
4.1 External, societal, and environmental context

                            
4.2 Enterprise and business context

                            
4.3 Conceiving, system engineering and management

                            
4.4 Designing

                            
4.5 Implementing

                            
4.6 Operating

                            
5. PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS
5.1 Societal conditions, including economic, social, and ecological aspects of sustainable development for knowledge development

                            
5.2 Economic conditions for knowledge development

                            
5.3 Identification of needs, structuring and planning of research or development projects

                            
5.4 Execution of research or development projects

                            
5.5 Presentation and evaluation of research or development projects
X
UPG1

                            

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