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

Master of Science in Polymer Science and Technology (International Program) (From 2018)


Curriculum Structure
1. Required courses 14 credits
2. Elective courses not less than 10 credits
3. Thesis 12 credits
Total not less than 36 credits
Course
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 2(2-0-4) Elective courses 10 credits
  SCCH 596 Polymer Rheology and Processing 2(2-0-4)    
  SCCH 543 Polymer Physics 3(3-0-6)    
  SCCH 565 Techniques in Polymer Science 2(0-6-2)    
  Total 12 credits Total 12 credits
 2 SCCH 698 Thesis 6(0-18-0) SCCH 698 Thesis 6(0-18-0)
  Total 6 credits Total 6 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 14 CREDITS

SCCH 523 POLYMER CHEMISTRY  (3 CREDITS)

Polymerisation reaction types; mechanisms 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 (2 CREDITS)

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 and 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 by bulk polymerization and emulsion polymerization; polymer molecular weight determination by gel permeation chromatography; thermal analysis 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 by nanoindentation and tensile testing; corrosion studies of polymers

SCCH 588 POLYMER SEMINAR I (2 CREDITS)

Ethics for polymer scientists and technologists. 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  

 

4. ELECTIVE COURSES NOT LESS THAN 10 CREDITS

SCCH 526 POLYMER MODIFICATION (2 CREDITS)

Polymer modifications by chemical and physical methods; polymer mixing, miscible and immiscible; polymer mixing system with fillers and additives; reagents for surface modification; polymer composites and polymer system with reinforcing agent; high strength fibers

SCCH 527 POLYMER COLLOIDS (2 CREDITS)

Background and importance of polymer colloidal systems and natural rubber latex; synthesis of polymer colloids; mechanism of emulsion polymerization and other polymerizations; latex with specific characteristics; properties of polymer colloids, stabilization and rheological behavior; characterizations of colloidal particles; modifications and applications of polymer colloids

SCCH 550 RUBBER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (2 CREDITS)

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

SCCH 597 ADVANCED POLYMER PROCESSING (2 CREDITS)

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

 
SCCH 598 NANOMATERIALS (2 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 635 POLYMER BLENDS AND COMPOSITES (2 CREDITS)

Thermodynamics of polymer-polymer miscibility; phase separation process; type and significance of polymer interface; morphology of polymer blends; modification of polymer interface; type of polymer composites and their manufacturing; properties of matrix materials and reinforcements; polymer-fiber adhesion; mechanics of reinforcement of polymer composites; determination of interfacial strength of polymer composites

SCCH 637 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF NATURAL RUBBER LATEX (2 CREDITS)

Introduction to natural rubber latex; composition of natural rubber latex; biosynthesis of natural rubber latex; outstanding properties of natural rubber; characteristics of natural rubber latex; microstructure of natural rubber; functional groups in natural rubber molecule; gel and branching in natural rubber; latex colloidal stability; latex concentration and dipping processes; specific tests for natural rubber latex; chemical modifications of latex and their applications; research on novel rubber latex technology

SCCH 639 BIOPOLYMERS (2 CREDITS)

Introduction to biopolymers, background, and importance; definition and classes of biopolymers; chemical structures and molecular architectures of biopolymers; chemical and physical properties of biopolymers; modification of biopolymers to obtain different properties and different shapes; biopolymer-based materials; applications of biopolymers in different areas of utilization

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 standard journals or conference proceedings with ethics