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

Curriculum Structure
1. Required courses 16 credits
2. Elective courses not less than 8 credits
3. Thesis 12 credits
Total not less than 36 credits
Yr. 1st semester 2nd semester
1 SCCH 523 Polymer Chemistry 3(3-0-6) SCCH 588 Polymer Seminar I 2(2-0-4)
  SCCH 524 Polymer Characterisation 1(1-0-2) SCID 516 Biostatistics 3(3-0-6)
  SCCH 596 Polymer Rheology and Processing 2(2-0-4) Selective 8 credits
  SCCH 543 Polymer Physics 3(3-0-6)    
  SCCH 565 Techniques in Polymer Science 2(0-6-2)    
  Total 11 credits Total 13 credits
 2 SCCH 698 Thesis 12(0-36-0) SCCH 698 Thesis 12(0-36-0)
  Total 12 credits Total 12 credits

1. Program' s Philosophy

To produce graduates having good knowledge in polymer science and technology, possessing good research skill, capable of applying knowledge for development of the polymer industry, capable of independently search for knowledge and learn modern technology. The graduates will also possess good moral, academic and professional ethics.

2. Expected Learning Outcomes (ELOs)

ELO 1: Graduates are able to explain polymer structure, properties and processing in chemical and physical aspects.
ELO 2: Graduates are able to implement knowledge for polymer synthesis , modification and processing.
ELO 3: Graduates demonstrate laboratory skills, analyze scientific information, and are able to conduct and solve research problems.
ELO 4: Graduates are able to communicate and collaborate effectively with others as well as be responsible to assigned work.

3. Required courses 16 credits

SCCH 523 Polymer Chemistry (3 credits)

Polymerisation reaction (types, mechanism and kinetics, molecular structure and molecular weight control), copolymerisation, methods of polymerisation, chemical reaction of polymers, polymer degradation and protection, polymer structure and properties relationship, polymer solution (theory and properties), phase equilibria, phase diagrams and their applications

SCCH 524 Polymer Characterisation (1 credit)

An overview of the common techniques for determining the structure and characteristics of polymeric materials. Molecular Structural Characterization, Solubility test, Polymer identification, Chemical analysis, Spectroscopic technique. Characterization based on Molecular size, Molecular organization, Surface morphology and other special methods for new polymers

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, analysis of some rheological results, 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 : general mechanical properties, deformation behaviours, breaking behaviours, strengths of polymers

SCCH 565 Techniques in Polymer Science (2 credits)

Monomer purification, polymer synthesis by free radical polymerization involving bulk polymerization and emulsion polymerization and, polymer molecular weight determination by gel permeation chromatography, thermal analysis of polymers by using thermal gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimeter, polymer characterisation by fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, analyzing the polymer surface  by atomic force microscopy technique, determination of mechanical properties of polymers  by nanoindentation and tensile testing, corrosion studies of polymers

SCCH 588 Polymer Seminar I (2 credits)

New methods in polymer synthesis, analytical techniques with enhanced characterization performance, new polymer modification methods, synthesis of functional polymers, stimuli responsive polymers, environmental friendly polymers, environmental friendly additives, new processing aids, ethics and plagiarism in searching and citation of scientific works  

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

4. 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 and importance of polymer colloidal systems and natural rubber latex, synthesis of polymer colloids (mechanism of emulsion polymerization and other polymerizations) and of latex with specific characteristics (e.g., magnetic particles, hollow particles), properties of polymer colloids (stabilization  and rheological behavior), characterizations of colloidal particles, modifications and applications of polymer colloids

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)

Science and technology of rubber, reinforcement of rubber, mixing of rubber, vulcanisation of rubber, rubber blends, strength and dynamic properties of rubber, processing

SCCH 598 Nanomaterials (3 credits)

Unique properties of nanomaterials, basic concepts of nanomaterial fabrication, nanofilm, nanofibers, carbon nanomaterials, composite nanomaterials, nanomaterial characterization, applications of nanomaterials, safety issues of nanomaterials

SCCH 634 Polymer Surfaces (3 credits)

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

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.

5. 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 international peer-reviewed journal.