polymeric materials

NAME OF THE COURSE polymeric materials



Year of study


Course teacher

Prof Branka Andričić

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %


Course objectives

Gaining the basic theoretical and practical knowledge on polymeric materials, their properties and application.

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Polymerization processes - enrolled.

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

After the successfully passed exam student is able to:
- explain the temperature dependent behaviour of polymers
- differentiate the solubility of polymers vs. low-molecular substances
- identify conventional plastics on the base of their physical properties
- place the certain polymer in the pyramid of polymeric materials
- recognize the resources and application of naturally occurring polymers
- be acquainted with basic components of polymer blends and composites in order to prepare blends and composites
- explain the causes of polymer degradation.

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1st week: Introduction to polymers. Plastics in modern world. History of polymers development. General terms in polymers chemistry.
2nd week: Molecular structure of polymers: configuration and conformations. Supermolecular structure of polymers.
3rd week: Physical properties and deformations of polymers. Thermomechanical curve. Mechanical properties. Stress-strain curves.
4th week: Solubility of polymers. Swelling of polymers. Polyelectrolytes and ionomers.
5th week: Resource based classification of polymers. Synthetic polymers based polymeric materials: manufacture, application, pyramid of polymers.
6th week: E, EVA, PP, PVC: properties and application.
7th week: PS: homopolymers, copolymers and terpolymers, cellular PS, properties and application.
First test.
8th week: Principles of impact strength modification using styrene terpolymers. PET, PAs and other polymers. Thermosets: epoxide resins, unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl-ester resins.
9th week: Phenol-formaldehyde resins. Thermosets hardening reactions. Elastomers. Thermoplastic elastomers. Naturally occurring polymers. Cellulose and its derivatives.
10th week: Starch and other polysaccharides. Proteins: structure and conformations. Natural rubber and its derivatives. Vulcanization. Rubber products (tyres, expanded rubber etc.)
11th week: Inorganic polymers. Liquid crystalline polymers. Biodegradable polymers. High-temperature polymers. Fibers: cellulose fibers.
12th week: Modified cellulose fibers. Protein fibers. Synthetic fibers. Behavior of fibers on burning. Adhesives. Surface coatings.
13th week: Additives in polymeric materials. Degradation of polymers. Heat and photo stabilizers. Antioxidants. Plasticizers. Antistatic agents.
14th week: Polymer blends. Composites with polymer matrix. Plastic and rubber recycling.
15th week: Second test.
Laboratory exercises: Solvents and non-solvents for polymers. Swelling of polymers. Density determination. PVC modification. Separation and identification of components in polymeric materials. Identification of natural and synthetic polymers by burning tests. Preparation of casein glue.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Lecture attendance: 80 %. Laboratory exercises attendance: 100 %.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work







Seminar essay





Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

The complete exam can be passed through two tests during semester. The passing score is 50 % and the fraction of each test is 35 %. The fraction of laboratory exercises (successfulness 50-100%) is 20% in all cases. Attendance on lectures (80-100%) is further 10 % of final grade. In the exam period the student has to attend to written and oral exam (passing score is 50 %). Previous activity (one passed test) is valid in the winter exam period with fraction of 10%. Written exam is 30% and oral exam is 40% of final grade. Students without any successful previous activity attend to written and oral exam (passing score is 50 %) both with fraction of 40%.
Grades: successful (50% – 61 %), good (62% – 74 %), very good (75% – 87 %), excellent (88% – 100 %).

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

B. Andričić: Polimerni materijali, recenzirana predavanja, ppt, 2010.


Web stranice KTF-a

Z. Janović, Polimerizacije i polimeri, HDKI-Kemija u industriji, Zagreb, 1997.


B. Andričić, Prirodni polimerni materijali, Priručnik, Sveučilište u Splitu, Split, 2008.


Web stranice KTF-a

Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

T. A. Oswald, G. Menges, Material Science of Polymers for Engineers, Hanser Publ., Munich, 1995.
I. M. Campbell, Introduction to Synthetic Polymers, Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 2000.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- monitoring of students suggestions and reactions during semester
- students evaluation organized by University

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)