Master of Science in Polymer Science and Technology
(International Program)

Curriculum Structure
1. Required courses16 credits
2. Elective courses not less than8 credits
3. Thesis12 credits
Total not less than36 credits

1. Required courses 16 credits

SCCH 523 Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)

Polymerisation reaction: mechanism and kinetics, molecular structure and molecular weight control, copolymerisation, polymerisation process, chemical reaction of polymers, polymer degradation, polymer solution: theory and properties, phase equilibria, phase diagrams and their applications

SCCH 524 Polymer Characterisation (1 credit)

Molecular structure characterisation of polymer, solubility test, polymer identification, chemical analysis, spectroscopic technique, molecular size: end-group analysis, colligative analysis, viscometry, light-scattering technique, ultracentrifugation technique, gel-permeation chromatography, molecular organization: molecular order, thermal analysis, X-ray technique, microscopy technique, Fourier-transform Infrared and Raman technique, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, cross-linked network, chemical method

SCCH 596 Polymer Rheology and Processing (2 credits)

Definition of rheology, types of deformation, Newtonian and non-Newtonian behaviour, viscoelastic properties, measurement of flow properties, oscillatory shear flow, steady shear flow, factors affecting flow behaviour of polymer melts, basic knowledge on polymer mixing and processing

SCCH 543 Polymer Physics (3 credits)

Molecular structure of polymers, packing of polymer molecules in solid state, crystal structure, polymer morphology: shapes of polymer crystal, crystallisation and melting of polymers, oriented structure, viscoelastic properties: creep, stress relaxation and dynamic properties, transition temperature of polymers, time-temperature equivalence, mechanical properties: stress-strain curves, failure, breaking phenomena: brittle failure, crazing, brittle-ductile transition

SCCH 565 Techniques in Polymer Science (2 credits)

Monomer purification, polymer synthesis by radical polymerization and emulsion polymerization, polymer molecular weight determination by gel permeation chromatography, thermal properties measurement by differential scanning calorimeter and thermal gravimetric analysis, polymer characterisation by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, surface property measurement by nano indentation and atomic force microscopy, polymer rheology analysis and mechanical property test

SCCH 588 Polymer Seminar I (2 credits)

Interested topics in polymer science and technology

SCID 516 Biostatistics (3 credits)

Scientific methods and biostatistical analysis, principles and application of statistical methods to design experimental protocols and analyse data, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square test and analysis of frequencies, regression and correlation analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, probit analysis, non-parametric statistics, use of statistical packages

2. Elective courses not less than 8 credits

SCCH 526 Polymer Modification (3 credits)

Polymer modification by physical method, polymer mixing: miscible and immiscible, polymer mixing system with fillers, effect of fillers on polymer properties, reagents for surface modification, polymer composites and polymer system with reinforcing agent, mechanism of reinforcement, high strength fibers, polymer mixing with additives, types of additives, foam polymer, polymer modification by chemical methods

SCCH 527 Polymer Colloids (3 credits)

Background, types and importance of colloidal systems, kinetics and techniques in polymer colloid synthesis, mechanism of emulsion polymerization and other polymerizations for polymer colloid synthesis, physical characteristics of polymer latexes : stabilization and coagulation, thermodynamics of surface, surface adsorption and rheological behaviour, preparation of latex with specific characteristics, characterisations of colloidal particles, applications of polymer latexes, biosynthesis and features of natural rubber latex, modification and application of natural rubber latex.

SCCH 597 Advanced Polymer Processing (3 credits)

Polymer mixing and compounding, mixing mechanism, characterisation of mixing, mixing and compounding machinery, functional requirements of polymer compounding machinery, extrusion process- single- and twin-screw extrusion, injection moulding process, blown film process, blow moulding and compression moulding process, processing, polymer structure and properties relationship, reactive processing, new development in polymer processing.

SCCH 550 Rubber Science and Technology (3 credits)

Biosynthesis of natural rubber, molecular structure and properties of natural rubber, reaction of natural rubber, novel researches of natural rubber, reinforcement of rubber, mixing of rubber, vulcanisation of rubber, strength and dynamic properties of rubber, rubber blends and thermoplastic elastomers.

SCCH 598 Nanomaterials (3 credits)

Basic knowledge on nanotechnology, nanomaterial fabrication, dimensional structures of nanomaterials, nanomaterial characterisation

SCCH 634 Polymer Surfaces (3 credits)

Fundamental of surface chemistry and physics, dynamics of polymer surfaces, adhesion and adhesives, friction and wear, other surface-related properties, barrier properties, biocompatibility, modifications of polymer surfaces, surface characterisation methods.

SCCH 635 Polymer Blends and Composites (3 credits)

Thermodynamics of polymer-polymer miscibility, phase separation process, type and significance of polymer interface, morphology of polymer blends, modification of polymer interface, techniques for characterisation the polymer interfaces, rheology of polymer blends, type of polymer composites and their manufacturing, properties of matrix materials and reinforcements, polymer-fiber adhesion, mechanics of reinforcement of polymer composites, evaluation of interfacial strength of polymer composites.

3. Thesis 12 credits

SCCH 698 Thesis 12 credits

Identifying research proposal. Conducting research with concern of research ethics. Data collection, analysis, interpretation of the result and report the result in terms of thesis. Presenting and Publishing research in standard journals or a conference’s proceeding.