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520024 VU Polymer Theory (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 52 - Doktoratsstudium Physik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 15 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE (13/09/2021): The course is planned to run on-site. Depending on the preferences of the students, and/or the pandemic restrictions we can also agree to switch to on-line mode.

Tuesday 12.10. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 19.10. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 09.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 16.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 23.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 30.11. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 07.12. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 14.12. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 11.01. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02
Tuesday 18.01. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 18 Kolingasse 14-16, OG02

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This is a graduate level theoretical course on the rich Physics of the structure, self-organization and dynamics of macromolecular systems. The combination of connectivity, molecular flexibility and thermal motion gives rise to properties unique to polymeric systems, which require the development of novel theoretical techniques. We will cover some of the celebrated theoretical achievements to treat polymeric systems (Flory- and Flory-Huggins theories, scaling theory, the Edwards model, Rouse- and Zimm-dynamics, polymer entanglements) but towards the end of the course will also extend our attention to some open, current problems such as the properties of ring polymers, DNA and chromatin.

The course is suited for Doctoral/Master's students with an interest in expanding their knowledge into macromolecular science, a vibrant field of interdisciplinary research not usually covered in conventional Physics Curricula.

Course content:
- The ideal polymer chain
- Polymer chains with excluded volume interactions
- Connection of polymer physics with critical phenomena
- Thermodynamics of mixing
- Concentrated polymer solutions
- Scaling theory
- Polymer dynamics
- Polymer Computer Simulations
- Charged polymers: DNA and polyelectrolytes
- Polymer theory meets topology: ring polymers
- Chromatin organization

There are three main aims of the course:
1) To understand basic theoretical polymer concepts and methods
2) To understand the connections to other fields in Physics, in particular the critical phenomena.
3) To understand some of the contemporary problems in Polymer Physics.

Methods:
Weekly lectures with active participation of the students. Additional ungraded homeworks and topical papers to read will be assigned. In the end of the course, students will select a contemporary research polymer paper to study and present to their colleagues.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment will be done based on one graded homework and a final presentation of a scientific paper from polymer topic in front of the colleagues during the last lecture. The graded homework will be assigned after about half of the semester and the presentation paper will be chosen by the student from a given selection.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement: Active participation in the regular lecture meetings submission of the graded homework and a final presentation of sufficient quality and depth of understanding.

Examination topics

Topic of the presentation paper.

Reading list

Books:
1. M. Rubinstein, R. Colby, Polymer Physics, 2003
2. M. Doi, S. Edwards, The theory of polymer dynamics, 1986
3. A. Grosberg, A. Khokhlov, Statistical Physics of Macromolecules, 2002
4. P-G. deGennes, Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics, 1979
Papers:
1. Wang, Macromolecules 2017, 50, 23, 9073–9114
Other papers on specific topics will be cited during the lectures

Association in the course directory

M-VAF A 2, M-VAF B

Last modified: Th 30.09.2021 14:51