Nanostructured Soft Materials 2

Module PH2049

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

PH2049 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.

  • 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 PH2049 is Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module gives an introduction into Nanostructured Soft Materials: 1. Hydrogels: Microphase separation of hydrogels, physical properties of hydrogels, stimuli responsive hydrogels, hydrogels in drug delivery systems, hydrogels in optical sensors, artificial muscles 2. Switchable polymers: Conformation transition of switchable polymers, switching surfaces, shape memory polymers 3. Metal-polymer composites: Top-down and bottom-up nanofabrications, metal nanopatterning using soft matter templates, fabrication of metal nanocomposites, metal nanoparticle self-assemblies, metal diffusion in polymer melts 4. Bio-inspired materials: Utilizing lessons from nature to synthesize advanced nanostructured materials, self-cleaning surfaces (lotus-effect), super-hydrophobic surfaces, self-healing polymer composites 5. Pressure sensitive adhesives: rheology, mechanical test methods, PSA classification, microphase separated PSA, structured PSA surfaces, switchable adhesives 6. Photovoltaic: Physics of excitons, solar cell efficiency, performance of inorganic-organic solar cell, organic solar cell, morphology and OPV, dye sensitized solar cell

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to: 1. evaluate different areas of application of hydrogels 2. understand the use of switchable polymers and shape memory polymers 3. analyze the different types of polymer-metal composites including metal nanoparticles in polymer matrix 4. apply the bio-inspired materials approach in nanostructured soft materials 5. evaluate the importance of pressure sensitive adhesives and function concepts in this class of adhesive systems 6. evaluate different approaches in organic photovoltaics


Das Modul baut auf dem Modul "Nanostructured Soft Materials 1" auf.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Nanostructured Soft Materials – advanced topics 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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