This curricular unit aims to introduce the subject of stimuli-responsive polymers. Several types of stimuli will be discussed, such as: temperature, pH, ionic strength , ultrasonds, UV light, visible light, and so on.
Introduction to curricular unit; objectives, syllabus, teaching methodology and calendar, methods and evaluation standards, task description, main bibliography. Theoretical background to explain the stimuli-responsive behaviour of polymers. Examples of polymers that respond to stimuli. Aplications.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence to solve problems; . Critical thinking; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Creativity; . Capacity of decision; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; . Adaptability to new situations; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Research skills; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Bibliography of reference
Stevens, M.P. Polymer Chemistry - An Introduction. 3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 1999.
Fried, J.R. Polymer Science and Technology, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall PTR, 2007.
Cowie, J.M.G.; Arrighi, A. Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, 3rd edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.
Urban, M. K. Handbook of Stimuli-Responsive Materials, 1st edition, Wiley -VCH, 2011
Oral exposition class ? Theoretical concepts will be explained using audiovisual support materials (mainly powerpoint). Whenever feasible some demonstrations will be performed in the class room.
Practical Lectures ? Examples of industrial processes and research projects
Doubt sessions/extra classes ? Whenever required by the students doubt session or extra classes can be scheduled.
Special seminars ? Whenever possible seminars can be scheduled. An renowned specialist will be invited to give a lecturer about specific topics of interest in the scope of this class.