Nanostructured Soft Materials 1

Module PH2048

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

PH2048 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 PH2048 is Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introduction into Nanostructured Soft Materials: 1. Introduction: Definitions, types of soft condensed materials, overview on applications of soft materials 2. Polymers: Polymer mixtures, phase separation process, glass transition temperature, block copolymers and self-assembly process, long-range ordered nanostructured polymer and application in template for inorganic materials, drug delivery systems, biosensors, full-cell, organic solar cell 3. Liquid crystals: Rod/disc-like LC phases, degree of order and symmetry, LC optical properties and application in display devices (LCD), LC thermometers 4. Colloids: Colloids classifications, interparticle interactions, interaction energy and DLVO theory, electro-kinetic phenomena and application in paints and inks, cosmetic products, photonic materials, food colloids (e.g. mayonnaise) 5. Amphiphiles: Types and properties, hydrophobic interactions , micelles, bilayers, vesicles, effective detergents, micro-emulsions, surfactants and application in detergency, foams, oil recovery 6. Bio-polymers: Nucleic acids DNA/DANN, proteins (membrane proteins and enzymes), polysaccharides

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to: 1. understand different areas of application of nanostructured soft materials 2. evaluate the use of polymers based on self-assembly processes and long-ranged interactions in sensors and energy related applications 3. analyze the importance of order in liquid crystals for displays and sensors 4. apply colloid theory in understanding the use of colloids in daily life applications from cosmetic and food area 5. evaluate the importance of hydrophobic interaction on micelle and vesicle formation and the use of surfactants


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Nanostructured Soft Materials 1 Müller-Buschbaum, P. Dienstag, 15:00–16:30
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, beamer presentation, discussion


accompanying internet site


• Hamley, I.W. Introduction to Soft Matter (Wiley) Chichester, 2000 • Jones, R.A.L. Soft Condensed Matter (OUP) Oxford, 2002 • Kleman, M. & Lavrentovich, O.D. Soft Matter Physics (Springer) Berlin, 2003 • Daoud, M. & Williams, C.E. Soft Matter Physics (Springer) Berlin, 1999

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

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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