Soft Condensed Matter is a general term given to materials that are easily deformed or structurally altered due to thermal fluctuations or weak mechanical stresses. The topic includes colloids, polymers, gels, surfactants solutions, liquid crystals, surface forces and biological materials. Students will be introduced to soft matter and learn the fundamentals of colloid science, surface forces, polymers and liquid crystals. The topic is necessarily multidisciplinary, will include many examples of everyday phenomena and will be of interest to chemists, engineers and biologists as well as physics students.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse and transmit knowledge of significance of soft condensed matter both scientifically and in the wider community;
- expertly explain, verbally and in writing, material properties using advanced knowledge of Colloid and Interface Science;
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information about polymer solutions using advanced physics;
- demonstrate and critically apply advanced knowledge of the physics of liquid crystal systems;
- demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of soft matter systems and apply course material to understanding the behaviour of such systems;
- Exam (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Laboratory work (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignments (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week plus 8 x 3 hour of laboratory sessions throughout the semester.
- Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Soft Condensed Matter, Richard A. L. Jones, Oxford University Press, ISBN 019 850589 2
Soft Matter Physics an Introduction, Maurice Klemen & Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Springer, ISBN 0-387-95267-5
Intermolecular and Surface Forces, Israelachvili, Academic Press, ISBN 9780123919335
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6992||25 Jul 2022||01 Aug 2022||31 Aug 2022||28 Oct 2022||In Person||N/A|