This intensive short course will be given over a period of five days and is designed to provide an analysis of the science and engineering of polymers, and an up-to-date appreciation of the development and application of polymers in engineering and other fields.
The emphasis will be on the newer and more advanced materials. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the underlying science of polymeric materials and will provide a useful introduction to those new to the field (or a refresher for those who have been in it for some time).
This will lead in to a detailed discussion of mechanical and physical properties, processing of polymers, characterisation techniques, and development of different types of polymers including both common and advanced polymers. There will also be lectures on some of the more important newer materials for structural, optoelectronic and biomedical applications, and the course will conclude with a discussion of trends of polymer utilisation in leading industries.