Polymer Physics 1

Module PH2046

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 2010/1

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

available module versions
WS 2014/5WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH2046 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.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter 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)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2046 in the version of WS 2010/1 was Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introduction into polymer physics: 1. Traditional and modern applications of polymers: from plastics to functional materials. 2. Nomenclature for the description of polymers and statistical models to describe the chain conformation. 3. Methods for the characterization of the molar mass and the radius of gyration of polymers in solution. 4. Phase diagrams of polymer solutions and blends: thermodynamic description, discussion of the free energy, construction of phase diagrams, description of demixing mechanisms. 5. Mechanical properties of polymers: methods and moduli, creep, relaxatin and oscillatory experiments, viscoelastic polymer melts and cross-linked rubber. 6. Electrical properties of polymers: conducting polymers, preparation, conduction mechanisms, applications. 

Learning Outcome

After succesful participation of this modul, the student is able to 1. remember traditional and modern applications of polymers, 2. to understand the nomenclature of polymers, 3. to understand models for the chain conformation of a single polymer, 4. to assess methods for the characterization of polymers in solution, 5. to analyze phase diagrams of polymer solutions and blends, 6. to assess characteristic properties of polymer melts, e.g. mechanical and electric properties


No special preconditions are necessary, apart from those needed for the admission to the master program.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Polymer physics 1 Papadakis, C. Dienstag, 10:00–12:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen
KO 2 Dozentensprechstunde Polymerphysik 1 Papadakis, C. Donnerstag, 11:00–12:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, beamer presentation, blackboard, exercises individual and in groups


exercise sheets


M. Rubinstein, R.H. Colby: Polymer Physikcs, Oxford 2003.  G. Strobl: The Physics of Polymers. Concepts for Understanding their Structures and Behavior: Concepts for Understanding Their Structures and Behavior; Springer, Berlin; Auflage: 3rd rev. and exp. ed. (Februar 2007)  U. W. Gedde: Polymer Physics; Springer-Verlag GmbH; Auflage: 1 (September 2007)  J.M.G. Cowie: Polymers: Chemistry & Physics of Modern Materials, CRC 1991.  22. IFF-Ferienkurs: Physik der Polymere; Forschungszentrum Jülich (1991), ISBN 3-89336-055-7

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2047: Polymer Physics 2 / Polymerphysik 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

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

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