CET854 Advanced Methods in Polymer Characterization in the Melt and Solid States

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School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)



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The aim of this course shall provide in an easy-to-follow way the physical and chemical foundations for the various characteristics, the basic working principles of the analytical approaches, the pitfalls, and limitations, and try to use examples taken from the latest scientific literature illustrating the state-of-the-art. The course shall not have the ambition to derive all relationships and offer an axiomatic and encyclopedic treatment, but be practical and relevant, focusing on the key questions of polymer analysis and characterization and the most recent developments.

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization
- FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization

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At the end of the course, learners  are able to:

1. Understand characterization challenges and methods to tackle these is the focus. A case-study based approach will be employed.

2. Provide basic knowledge and ability to successfully solve new characterization problems by navigating through the relevant literature.

Topics covered:

1. Supramolecular and microstructural characterization

i. Discuss the organization at molecular level in supramolecular, hierarchical structures. We first discuss the interactions, (potential energies, entropy), then examples for structures (amorphous, crystalline from the unit cell to macroscopic texture and orientation, phase separated structures for blends, block copolymer phase separation).

2. Characterization of chain dynamics and melt viscoelasticity

i. The structures discussed above will be processed in useful products and these must also be characterized.
ii. Processing depends on viscoelastic characteristics; solid-state performance is characterized by mechanical experiments.
iii. During processing chains diffuse on a large scale and chain dynamics are important. We here discuss the relaxation processes, viscosity, diffusion, viscoelastic functions.

3. Mechanical characterization in the solid state

i. Polymers (thermoplastics) are processed by various forms of melt processing. The resulting product may have homogeneous or heterogeneous mechanical properties (isotropic/anisotropic).

This is a face-to-face class.

Suitable for professionals working in engineering, Quality Control, Failure Analysis, Manufacturing and R&D.

Standard Course Fee: S$1,605

  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST.
  • SkillsFuture Credit can be used to offset course fees payable. Click here for more information.
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information. 
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    CET849 History of Materials1
    CET777 Thermal Analysis1
    CET778 Surface Analysis1
    CET850 Chemical Analysis of Materials 11
    CET851 Chemical Analysis of Materials 21
    CET853 Advanced Methods in Polymer Molecular Characterization in Solution1
    CET855 The Characterization Challenge of Polymers with Environmental Impact1
    CET856 Principles and Applications of Solid-State NMR3
    CET785 Fundamentals of Electron Microscopy2
    CET786 Advanced Characterization using TEM Techniques2
    CET852 Properties of Materials2
    CET772 Principles and Adaptation2
    CET773 Variation and Nonstoichiometry2

    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Materials Characterization (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Materials Characterization (total 15AUs).
    • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.