617-0929/03 – Thermal Degradation of Macromolecular Substances (PTDML)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ChemistryCredits10
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2010/2011Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
PAN37 doc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 2+0
Part-time Examination 2+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Understanding the theoretical fundaments of macromolecular chemistry with a focus on the theory of degradation and pyrolysis.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


Structure of polymers, the relationship between structure of polymers and their properties (thermic, mechanical properties, solution behavior), polymer degradation (depolymerization, splitting, pyrolysis, combustion), environmental and toxicological aspects of production and utilization of polymers.

Compulsory literature:

1. Ebewele R.O. Polymer Science and Technology. CRC Press 2000

Recommended literature:

1. Fire retardancy of Polymeric Materials (Editors A.F. Grand, C.A.Wilkie) Marcel Dekker New York 2000 2. Azapagic, A. Emsley,A. Hamerton I. :Polymers, the Environment and Sustainable Development Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks 2003 (e-book)

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

They will be specified according to the thesis topic.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions (heat of reaction, reaction rate, order and molecularity of reaction, transition state theory, affecting of reaction rate by temperature, catalysis) 2. Processes on the phase surfaces (surface and interfacial tension, adsorption). Physical and chemical parameters affecting the distribution of substances in environmental media. 3.Chemical bonding and structure of polymers, rheological behavior, polymer production and processing methods, main types of industrial polymers. Ecological aspects of polymer utilization and polymer wastes. 4.Theoretical basis of pyrolysis processes. Pyrolysis of hydrocarbons and method of its monitoring. Principle and application of thermogravimetry and pyrolysis chromatography in the monitoring of pyrolysis. Industrial pyrolysis and Co-pyrolysis. 5.Thermal and thermo-oxidative degradation of polymers. Fire suppression(retardants). Ecological characteristics of the products of combustion.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2013/2014 Winter semester)
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