Molecular Materials

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1KB360

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry A1N, Materials Science A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

120 credits in science/engineering with (1) 60 credits in chemistry or (2) 30 credits in chemistry and 30 credits in physics/biology. Chemical Thermodynamics and Single Variable Calculus are recommended. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the structure of polymers and being able to apply thermodynamic relations on polymer systems, especially phase equilibria and swelling properties of gels
  • describe, analyse, and solve problems based on the properties of viscoelastic materials
  • describe the electronic properties of polymeric semiconductors, and apply this knowledge on relevant problems, especially in energy related areas
  • discuss and predict how different materials can be joined together using adhesion, and be able to suggest and motivate suitable methods to solve a given problem
  • search, summarise, and present information starting from a question related to the content of the course
  • carry out experiments related to the content of the course, and present results and conclusions in a clear and linguistically correct way


Polymer structure, thermodynamics for polymer solutions and polymer melts, adhesion, physically and chemically cross-linked gels, polymeric semiconductors, rheological concepts and relations, linear and non-linear viscoelasticity, electrorheology


Lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and projects


Written examination at the of the course/during the course. The theoretical part corresponds to 6 credits and laboratory classes and project to 4 credits. The final grade corresponds to weighting the grades for the theory part and the lab work and project respectively.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.