617-3024/01 – Polymeric materials (PM)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ChemistryCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Lenka Kulhánková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Lenka Kulhánková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KUL37 doc. Ing. Lenka Kulhánková, Ph.D.
PAN37 doc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
VAL15 Ing. Silvie Vallová, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to introduce the students with basic polymeric materials and modern trends in polymers production and processing.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs
Other activities


The first part is focused on basic information about polymeric materials, conditions for the formation of polymeric materials, rheology and polymer processing. Next part is concerned on the most important industrial polymers in terms of their production, properties and application possibilities. Polymer degradation and stabilization, and composite materials with polymeric matrix are the topics of the last part.

Compulsory literature:

EBEWELE R.O. Polymer Science and Technology. CRC Press, 2000. ISBN-10: 0849389399.

Recommended literature:

EHRENSTEIN, Gottfried W. Polymeric materials. Hanser Fachbuchverlag 2001. ISBN 3446214615.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Written test and oral exam.


Other requirements

Passing of the desired number of laboratory exercises and handing of laboratory protocols. Passing the credit test.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures 1. Introduction to polymer chemistry (history, meaning, raw material base). 2. Structure and basic properties of polymers (molecular weight; polydispersity index; mechanical properties; phase behavior; linear, branched and crosslinked polymers; dissolution; swelling and rheological behavior of polymer solutions; electrical and optical properties). 3.- 4.Thermoplastic polymers (manufacture, properties and use). 5-6. Reactoplastic polymers (manufacture, properties and use). 7-8. Elastomeric polymers (manufacture, properties and use). 9. Additives to polymers (fillers, plasticizers, stabilizers, blowing agents, crosslinking agents, flame retardants). 10. Principles of polymer processing (injection molding, extrusion, blowing, pressing and shaping). 11. Resistance, corrosion and degradation of polymers (resistance to the environment, mechanical resistance, chemical resistance). 12. Composite materials with polymeric matrix. 13. Excursion. 14. Excursion. Experimental work in labs - Introductory information (schedule of the seminar, the conditions for obtaining credit and recommended literature). Seminar paper assignment. - Work safety in the laboratory, introduction to laboratory exercises, basic information about exercises and requirements for laboratory protocols processing. - Preparation of cellulose triacetate. - Emulsion polymerization of styrene. - Depolymerization of polystyrene. - Polymer crosslinking. -Flotation analysis of polymers. - Sol-gel transition temperature. - Determination of the solidification curve of semicrystalline and amorphous plastics. - Solubility of polymeric materials. - Modification of polymers: nitrocellulose. -Properties of polymers - superabsorption. - Excursion. - Excursion.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: passing of 80% exercises

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