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Soft Matter Physics

Module PH1325

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.

Basic Information

PH1325 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

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

  • Catalogue of student seminars for condensed matter physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for Applied and Engineering Physics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 30 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1325 is Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The term "soft matter" desvribes various materials such as polymers, liquid crystals, biopolymers, colloids, etc. The seminar will cover the basic physics of some of these materials which is presented by the students in talks and discussions. Topics include: introduction to the world of polymers, self-cleaning surfaces, switchable polymer brushes, block copolymers as templates for nanotechnology, polymer-metal composites, conductive polymers, polymeric nanostructures for photovoltaics, polymer adhesives, biopolymers nanostructures, nanocomposites of polymer and carbon nanotubes switchable polymers. The student makes a literature search and discusses the contents of the talk with the supervisor. The seminar considers the students a lecture of 45 minutes length. The content of the paper is discussed, and the students should be able to answer the questions of the other seminar participants. 

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the student have earned these skills:
(1) to conduct a literature search in scientific journals and on the Internet (2) to find scientific publications on the Internet, (3) to bring the content of the publications in the form of lectures, (4) to present a lecture will present, (5) to discuss critically the content of the other lectures and  (6) to understand the basic physics of soft matter. 


keine Vorkenntnisse, die über die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen zum Masterstudium hinausgehen

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Preparation and presentation of a scientific talk, beamer presentation, board work, advisor discussion, literature search and studies.


Presentation materials, complementary literature


Specialized literature to the individual topics of the seminar talks will be provided;
own literature search.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

Exam Repetition

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

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