LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT
The scope of the course is to provide a general overview on polymer science and on the most relevant aspects of the use of polymers in the field of biotechnology.
The first part will introduce the basic concepts of polymer science. The main characteristics and properties of the polymers will be fully described, as well as the main synthetic processes.
In the second part of the course, the synthesis and the use of the polymers in the biothecnology field will be described.
COURSE CONTENTS SUMMARY
Polymer definiton and nomenclature; polymer main properties; definition of polymer crystallinity, solubility, melting point and glass transition point; determination of polymer molecular masses; structures of polymers and their conformation and configuration. Polymer mechanical and reological properties.
Polymer synthesis and polymerization processes.
Definition of copolymers
Definition of fibres, plastics and elastomers
Polymers from renewable resources and their applications
Polymers in medicine
Polymers for tissue engineering applications
Polymers in pharmaceutical applications
Slides, handsout and references cited
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA