# 2023/24 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 2023/24

Module replaces

PHYS5431M Soft Matter Characterisation

This module is not approved as an Elective

### Objectives

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.

Learning outcomes
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and applications of:

1. Structure of polymers
2. Dynamics and viscoelasticity of polymer melts and solutions
3. Glass-formation in soft matter
4. Colloids and colloidal interactions
5. Phase separation in soft matter

### 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

 Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours Workshop 5 2.00 10.00 Workshop 6 1.00 6.00 Independent online learning hours 22.00 Private study hours 112.00 Total Contact hours 16.00 Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 150.00

### Private study

Preparation for assignments etc

Regular quizzes

### Methods of assessment

Coursework
 Assessment type Notes % of formal assessment Assignment Assignment 30.00 Total percentage (Assessment Coursework) 30.00

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

Exams
 Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 2 hr 30 mins 70.00 Total percentage (Assessment Exams) 70.00

Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments for this module, in order to pass the module overall.