Macromolecular Science and Engineering Courses (MACROMOL)

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400 Level Courses

MACROMOL 410 (BIOENG 410) (MATSCIE 410). Polymeric Materials
Prerequisites: MATSCIE 250 or permission. (3 credits)
Interactions of materials implanted in the body. Histological and hematological considerations including general foreign body reactions, inflammation and reparations, carcinogenicity, thrombosis, hemolysis, protein and cellular issues, immunogenic and toxic properties. Basic discussion of implants vs. transplants and relevant biological components. Tours of relevant University facilities.

MACROMOL 412 (CHE 412) (MATSCIE 412). Polymeric Materials
Prerequisites: MATSCIE 220 or 250. (3 credits)
The synthesis, characterization, microstructure, rheology, and properties of polymer materials. Polymers in solution and in the liquid, liquid-crystalline, crystalline and glassy states. Engineering and design properties, including viscoelasticity, yielding and fracture. Forming and processing methods. Recycling and environmental issues.

500 Level Courses

MACROMOL 506 (CHE 506) (MATSCIE 506). Soft Robotic Matter
Advisory Prerequisite: None. Enforced Prerequisite: Senior Standing or Graduate Standing. (3 credits)
Soft robotic matter consists of active materials that can sense, move within, and alter their working environment. Fundamentals and emerging approaches will be explored in soft active matter design, actuation, power, and fabrication across length scales, with focus on engineering their properties and structures for programmable robotic functions.

MACROMOL 509 (BIOMEDE 509) (CHE 509) (MATSCIE 509). Advanced Biomaterials
Advisory Prerequisite: MATSCIE 220 or MATSCIE 250. Enforced Prerequisite: None. (3 credits)
Applications of biomaterials in implants, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and drug delivery systems will be covered. Principles of biomaterials incorporating contemporary research related to rational design strategies for biomaterials, their processing and fabrication, biomimetics, immunomodulation, degradation, and in vivo responses will be included.

MACROMOL 511 (CHE 511) (MATSCIE 511). Rheology of Polymeric Materials
Prerequisite: a course in fluid mechanics or permission from instructor. (3 credits)
An introduction to the relationships between the chemical structure of polymer chains and their rheological behavior. The course will make frequent reference to synthesis, processing, characterization and use of polymers for high technology applications.

MACROMOL 512 (CHE 512) (MATSCIE 512). Polymer Physics
Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Standing in engineering or physical science. (3 credits)
Structure and properties of polymers as related to their composition, annealing and mechanical treatments. Topics include creep, stress relaxation, dynamic mechanical properties, viscoelasticity, transitions, fracture, impact response, dielectric properties, permeation and morphology.

MACROMOL 514 (MFG 514) (MATSCIE 514). Composite Materials
Prerequisite: MATSCIE 350. (3 credits)
Behavior, processing and design of composite materials, especially fiber composites. Emphasis is on the basic chemical and physical processes currently employed and expected to guide the future development of the technology.

MACROMOL 515 (MATSCIE 515). Mechanical Behavior of Solid Polymeric Materials
Prerequisite: MECHENG 211, MATSCIE 412. (3 credits)
The mechanical behavior of polymers from linear viscoelastic to yield and fracture are covered. Specific topics include dynamic-mechanical relaxations, creep, yielding, crazing, fatigue and fracture mechanics. The materials include toughened plastics, polymer alloys and blends and composite materials. Structured design with plastics is also considered.

MACROMOL 517 (MECHENG 517). Mechanics of Polymers I
Prerequisite: MECHENG 511 (AM 511) or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
Constitutive equation for linear small strain viscoelastic response; constant rate and sinusoidal responses; time and frequency dependent material properties; energy dissipation; structural applications including axial loading, bending, torsion; three dimensional response, thermo-viscoelasticity, correspondence principle, Laplace transform and numerical solution methods.

MACROMOL 535 (Chem 535). Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules
Prerequisite: Chem 463 or Chem 468. (3 credits)
The theory and application of useful methods for studying natural and synthetic polymers will be stressed. The methods discussed include osmotic pressure, sedimentation equilibrium, Brownian motion, diffusion, sedimentation transport, intrinsic viscosity, scattering of light and x-rays, optical and resonance spectra, flow and electric bi-refringence, depolarization of fluorescence, circular dichroism and magneto optical rotatory dispersion, electrophoresis, titration curves, kinetics of polymerization, suitable distribution functions for expressing heterogeneity, rigidity and viscosity of gels.

MACROMOL 536 (Chem 536). Laboratory in Macromolecular Chemistry
Prerequisite: Chem 535 or permission of instruction. (2 credits)
Experimental methods for the study of macromolecular materials in solution and in bulk state.

MACROMOL 538 (Chem 538). Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules
Prerequisite: Chem 215, Chem 216, and Chem 230 or Chem 241/242, 260. (3 credits)
The preparation, reactions and properties of high molecular weight polymeric materials of both natural and synthetic origin. Two lectures and reading.

MACROMOL 559 (MATSCIE 559). Foundations of Nano II
(3 credits)
This course covers the synthesis, properties and processing of nanosized metal, metal oxide and semiconductor powders. It will also include some organic/inorganic and nanobio materials. The emphasis will be on particle properties and the use of these particles to make nanostructured shapes.

700 Level Courses

MACROMOL 751 (Chem 751) (MATSCIE 751) (Physics 751). Special Topics in Macromolecular Science
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (2 credits)

MACROMOL 790. Faculty Activities Research Survey
(1 credit)
This course introduces students to the research activities of MacroSE faculty with the intent of helping a student to choose his research advisor in the first term.

800 Level Courses

MACROMOL 800. Macromolecular Seminar I, II
(2 credits)
Student presentation of selected seminar topics in macromolecular science and engineering.

MACROMOL 890. Introduction to Research Techniques
Prerequisite: permission of chairman. every term (1-8 credits)
This course is used for research carried out to earn the master’s degree.

900 Level Courses

MACROMOL 990. Dissertation Research Precandidacy
Prerequisite: permission. every term (1-8 credits)
This course number is used for doctoral research by students not yet admitted to candidacy. The defense of the dissertation, that is, the final oral examination, must be held under a full-term candidacy enrollment.

MACROMOL 995. Dissertation Research/Candidacy
Prerequisite: permission. every term (8 credits); (4 credits) in half-term
This course number is used for doctoral research by students who have been admitted to candidacy. The defense of the dissertation, that is, the final oral examination, must be held under a full-term candidacy enrollment.