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Polymers and Polymer Technology

Module MW2232

This Module is offered by Chair of Medical Materials and Implants (Prof. Mela).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2022/3 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2015/6

Basic Information

MW2232 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lecture Polymers and Polymer Technology teaches the basics of the material class of polymers and its processing methods. The following topics, among others, are covered:
• Structural design of polymers
• Chemical, physical and rheological properties and their effects on processability
• Established and novel polymer processing methods (injection moulding, extrusion and compounding, additive manufacturing, fiber-forming techniques)
• Areas of application for polymers
• Test methods for polymer characterization
• Degradation and recycling of (bio-)polymers
• Examples of the application of polymer technologies in current research projects at the Chair of Medical Materials and Implants

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module "Plastics and Plastics Technology", students will have the following skills:
• Basic knowledge of the different classes of plastics, their fields of application and processing possibilities
• Critical evaluation of plastics technology problems
• Own development of innovative solutions in the field of plastics technology


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise.
In the live lecture or a corresponding video lecture, the theoretical basics are taught in a structured and comprehensive manner. In addition to the lecturer's presentation, the teaching of the basics is also visually supported by videos. The presented slides as well as further information will be made available to the students online via the Moodle learning management system in order to enable them to follow up the content on their own.
The exercise offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of plastics technology in small groups by means of practical demonstrations of the manufacturing processes on the plastics processing machines. In addition, the exercise also offers the opportunity to ask specific questions to the lecturer, so that gaps in knowledge can be closed or individual areas of interest can be deepened.
In this way, students are taught, for example, different classes of plastics, their areas of application and processing possibilities. They also learn to critically evaluate plastics technology issues and to develop innovative solutions in the field of plastics technology on their own.


PowerPoint slides, videos


Gibson I., Rosen, D; Stucker, B; Khorasani, M. “Additive Manufacturing Technologies“ Springer Verlag 2021

Wintermantel, E., Ha, S.-W., Medizintechnik - Life Science Engineering, 5. Auflage, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Deutschland, 2009,

Michaeli, W., Haberstroh, E., Schmachtenberg, E., Menges, G., Werkstoffkunde Kunststoffe, 5. Auflage, Hanser, München, 2002,

Michaeli, W., Einführung in die Kunststoffverarbeitung, 5. Auflage, Hanser, München, 2006,

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written examination (duration: 90 min.) the understanding of the gained technical knowledge is checked. In addition, it is examined to what extent students are able to apply the acquired knowledge to solve new problems and to use it for the analysis and evaluation of plastics engineering problems. Students should, for example, demonstrate that they can critically evaluate plastics technology issues and are able to develop innovative solutions in the field of plastics technology. No aids are permitted for the exam.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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