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* Retrieved from Course syllabus F3E5055 (Autumn 2016–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Survey of polymer physics
  • Chain conformation
  • Rubber elasticity
  • Polymer solutions and compounds
  • Polyelectrolytes: solutions and gels
  • Glassy state of polymers
  • Part crystalline polymers
  • Orienterad polymers

These topics are presented in 35 h lectures. 3 homeworks are compulsory.

Intended learning outcomes

The students (greduate students) should after finished course be able to understand and apply theories/working methods in the following areas: conformation state, rubber elasticity, polymer solutions, polyelectrolytes, glassy polymers, part crystalline polymers and oriented polymer systems.

Course Disposition

Polymer physics covers a broad range of fundamental topics in polymer science and engineering. It starts at the atomic level with chain conformations, which have implications on the macroscopic properties, e.g. the stress-strain behaviour of rubbers. The thermodynamics of solutions is a particularly important and difficult field. It is one of the areas that are visited by theoreticians and engineers.  Polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte gels are fascinating materials since their solution properties/conformations are highly dependent on the charge of the polyelectrolyte and by changes in the ion concentration. The fundamental physics and chemistry of polyelectrolytes are applicable in many different fields such as DNA-related research and modern surface engineering. The glassy state has interested physicists during more than five decades. Polymers follow largely the general scheme for all glassy materials but there are features that are unique for polymeric glasses. The physics of crystalline polymers starts from the unit cell, travels through the crystal lamellae and stops with the superstructures. Many intriguing problems are revealed during this journey. Heartily welcome to the course.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic courses in polymer technology.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge in basic macromolecular science


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Fundamental Polymer Science,  Ulf W. Gedde and Mikael S. Hedenqvist, Springer Nature, New York (2019). Lars Wågberg: Compendiumand material from a few other sources

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (4 credits) and homeworks (2 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Lars Wågberg

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Ulf W. Gedde,

Supplementary information

Spring 2020

Application is not needed. Just appear at the first lecture. Fee for participants from industry, other universities and or schools at KTH: 3500 SEK excluding moms. 

Schedule (G: Gedde, W: Wågberg) All lectures in Rånby room, Teknikringen 56. 

  1. Overview of polymer physics; G, 20/4, 13–16
  2. Chain conformation (Homework 1); G, 21/4, 10–12,  21/4, 13–16
  3. Rubber elasticity; G, 23/4, 13–16
  4. Polymer solutions, polymer blends, polyelectrolytes, 24/4, 09–12 (G), 24/4, 15–17 (W)
  5. Polyelectrolytes: Solutions and gels (Homework 2); W,  27/4, 13–15
    Polyelectrolytes at interfaces; W, 7/5, 15–17  (Note the date)
    Polyelectrolyte multilayers; W, 8/5, 13–16  (Note the date)
  6. Glassy polymers; G, 04/5, 13–16
  7. Crystalline polymers (Homework 3); G, 05/5, 09–12, 05/5, 13–15
  8. Examination, not decided

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CHE/Fibre and Polymer Technology