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Polymer Physics 2

Module PH2047

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 SS 2011

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
SS 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017SS 2011

Basic Information

PH2047 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

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 PH2047 in the version of SS 2011 was Christine Papadakis.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module deals with advanced areas of polymer physics:

  1. thermal properties of polymer melts: from the liquid to the glass transition
  2. polymer surfaces and thin polymer films: thermodynamic analysis and methods for the characterization of interfaces between polymers
  3. phase behavior of block copolymers in the melt: thermodynamic analysis, phase diagrams, morphologies, modern applications
  4. Polyelectrolytes in aqueous solution: chain conformation as a function of charge density and salinity, anti-ion condensation
  5. special forms of polymers, such as crystalline polymers (the crystallization mechanisms, forms of appearance, methods for the characterization) or biopolymers (organic thin films, Lipid Bilayers, vesicle, organic membrane) 

Learning Outcome

After passing the module students are able to

  1. evaluate the thermal properties of polymer melts
  2. understand the physics of polymer surfaces
  3. estimate forms of appearance  of thin polymer films
  4. analyze the phase behavior of block copolymers in the melt
  5. analyze chain conformations of polyelectrolytes in aqueous solution to
  6. understand special forms such as crystalline polymers and biopolymers



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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

oral prsentation, beamer presentation, work at blackboard, excercises


excercise sheets


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) • 33. IFF_Ferienkurs 2002: Soft Matter - Complex Materials on Mesoscopic Scales; Forschungszentrum Jülich (2002), ISBN 3-89336-297-5 • Polymer Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films; editiert von Alamgir Karim, Sanat Kumar, Sanat Kumar, World Scientific Pub Co, (2000) ISBN 9810238649 • W. Hamley: The Physics of Block Copolymers (Oxford Science Publications), Oxford University Press, (1999) ISBN 0198502184


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.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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