# 2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

## PHYS5342M Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses

### 15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Johan Mattsson
Email: K.J.L.Mattsson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

PHYS5431M Soft Matter Characterisation

This module is not approved as an Elective

### Objectives

On completion of this module students should:

- Gained the foundation for the understanding of the properties, behaviour and characterisation of soft matter including polymers, colloids, and glasses.

- Understand some main techniques for studying structure and dynamics in soft matter.

- Understand where and how soft matter is important for applications

Learning outcomes
To relate experimental techniques to theoretical principles;
Demonstrate an understanding of most fundamental laws and principles of physics, along with their application to a variety of areas in physics, some of which are at (or are informed by) the forefront of the discipline;
Solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools;
Use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena;
Communicate complex scientific ideas concisely, accurately and informatively;
Manage own learning and make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources.

### Syllabus

- Concepts of soft matter
- Colloids, colloidal forces and interactions
- Colloidal stabilisation
- Colloidal phase diagrams
- Flow-induced effects
- Glasses and amorphous solids
- Thermodynamics and glass-formation, dynamics
- Characterisation of structure in amorphous materials
- Polymer structure/size/configuration and conformations/fractals
- Ideal and non-ideal chains, Flory theory, scaling theory, melts and solutions
- Lattice models
- Rubbers and gels
- Rouse, Zimm, and reptation models
- Rheology and polymer viscoelasticity
- Phase separation in soft matter
- Equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase diagrams of liquid, polymers and colloids
- Applications of polymers, colloids and soft matter

### Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

 Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours Workshop 5 1.00 5.00 Office Hour Discussions 11 1.00 0.00 Lecture 22 1.00 22.00 Private study hours 123.00 Total Contact hours 27.00 Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 150.00

### Private study

Preparation for assignments etc

Regular quizzes

### Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Coursework
 Assessment type Notes % of formal assessment Online Assessment Online Mid-Term Assessment 30.00 Assignment Assignment 70.00 Total percentage (Assessment Coursework) 100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated