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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 3.063 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Polymer Physics 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Edwin (Ned) Thomas 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 3.063 Polymer Physics

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    3.063 Polymer Physics

    Spring 2007

    Block copolymers of various compositions form BCC, hexagonal cylindrical, double gyroid, double diamond, and lamellar morphologies.

    The various morphologies formed by self-assembling block copolymers can be used in a range of optical, magnetic, and electronic applications. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

    Course Description

    This course presents the mechanical, optical, and transport properties of polymers with respect to the underlying physics and physical chemistry of polymers in melt, solution, and solid state. Topics include conformation and molecular dimensions of polymer chains in solutions, melts, blends, and block copolymers; an examination of the structure of glassy, crystalline, and rubbery elastic states of polymers; thermodynamics of polymer solutions, blends, crystallization; liquid crystallinity, microphase separation, and self-assembled organic-inorganic nanocomposites. Case studies include relationships between structure and function in technologically important polymeric systems.

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