Nanostructured Soft Materials 1
Module version of WS 2017/8
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 2020/1||WS 2019/20||WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2010/1|
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.
- 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2048 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Peter Müller-Buschbaum.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module gives an introduction into Nanostructured Soft Materials:
- Types and definitions of soft condensed materials, overview on applications of soft materials
- colloids: role of intermolecular, interparticle and surface interactions, applications in food and cosmetic industry
- polymers: polymer mixtures, phase separation processes, block copolymers and self-assembly process, application in templates
- structured surfaces: biomimetic dry adhesives, superhydrophobicity and application in self-cleaning surfaces
- liquid crystals: rod/disc like LC phases, degree of order and symmetry, optical properties and application in display devices
- amphiphiles: types and properties, micelles, bilayers and vesicles, applications as surfactants and drug delivery
- biopolymers: nucleic acids, DNA, proteins, cellulose, wood-derived materials
After participation in the module the student is able to:
- understand different areas of application of nanostructured soft materials
- apply colloid theory in understanding the use of colloids in daily life applications from cosmetic and food area
- evaluate the use of polymers based on self-assembly processes in numerous applications
- apply the bio-inspired materials approach in nanostructured soft materials
- analyze the importance of order in liquid crystals for displays and sensors
- evaluate the importance of hydrophobic interactions 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.||
Tue, 15:00–16:30, PH 3734
and dates in groups
|KO||2||Consultation Hour to Nanostructured Soft Materials||Müller-Buschbaum, P.||
Tue, 18:30–20:00, PH 3278
Learning and Teaching Methods
The contents of the lectures will be given by presentation with the beamer and discussion with board work. The exercise class will consist of group work where the students solve problems under the guidance of a tutor. Consultation hours are an optional additional offer for clarification of further questions on the lecture contents in individual talks with the lecturer.
Exercises will be made available one week before each class via 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
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and examples.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Describe the basic structure of amphiphilic molecules
- Evaluate the type of aggregation of amphiphilic molecules based on its structure with words, equations, drawings and diagram
- Describe the application of surfactants and the meaning of the critical micelle concentration
- Explain the concept of drug delivery with spherical micel
In the exam no learning aids are permitted.
Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.