Polymers and Biomaterials

Professor: 
Yang
School: 
SEAS
Department: 
MSE
Course Code: 
430
Topic: 
Engineering

Polymer is one of the most widely used materials in our daily life, from the rubber tires to clothes, from photoresists in chip manufacturing to flexible electronics and smart sensors, from Scotch tapes to artificial tissues. This course teaches entry-level knowledge in polymer synthesis, characterization, thermodynamics, and structure-property relationship. Emphasis will be on understanding both chemical and physical aspects and polymer chain size/dimension that drive the molecular, microscopic and macroscopic structures and the resulting properties. We will discuss how to apply polymer designs to advance nanotechnology, electronics, energy and biotechnology. Case studies include thermodynamics of block copolymer thin films and their applications in nanolithography, shape memory polymers, hydrogels, and elastomeric deformation and applications.

Requirements: 
Prerequisite(s): MSE 260 or equivalent course in thermodynamics or physical chemistry (such as BE 223, CHE 231, MEAM 203).