This course will cover the physics aspect of macromolecular/ polymeric materials. We will discuss the molecular origin of key physical phenomena, such as chain relaxation, time temperature superposition, free volume, high-strain-rate behavior, phase transitions, flow and fracture, as well as physical aging. Many real-world examples will be used throughout the course. We will also discuss the recent advances in biopolymers, polymers for 3D printing, electro-spinning, and polymers for tissue engineering. Students should have introductory training in materials science.
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