Course description

Surface phenomena and catalysis

  • surface tension,
  • Langmuir – Blodgett film,
  • physisorption and chemisorption,
  • wetting and contact angle
  • homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • application of catalytic method for cleaning of exhaust gases
  • biocatalysis

Processing of polymeric materials

  • extrusion of polymeric materials,
  • injection moulding,
  • blow moulding,
  • rheology,

Engineering of chemical reactors

  • designing an industrial process using ChemCAD,

Modelling and simulation

  • simulation of reactants flow within main reactor using ANSYS,

Selected aspects of modern chemistry

  • ionic liquids
  • sol-gel method
  • metal-organic framework (MOF)- properties & application
  • layered double hydroxide (LDH)- properties & application

Advanced Materials for Energy Storage/Conversion

  • primary and secondary cells
  • electrochemical capacitors
  • lithium-ion batteries
  • redox flow battery
  • fuel cells

Nanocarbons and Carbon/Polymer Composites

  • carbon nanotubes: preparation method, properties, application
  • graphene: synthesis, properties
  • composites with conducting polymers

Polymers

  • Basic concepts: linear, branched and crosslinked polymers, molecular weight, tacticity.
  • Basic characteristics of chain polymerization reaction: types, mechanisms, examples of polymers.
  • Copolymerization and copolymers (types, examples).
  • Basic characteristics of step polymerization; mechanism, examples of polymers.
  • Polymer morphology.
  • Classification of polymeric materials (thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, thermoplastic elastomers – examples).
  • Polymer blends, examples.
  • Commodity, engineering and performance polymers.
  • Thermal properties of polymers (thermal transitions, DSC measurements).
  • Mechanical properties of polymers (tensile properties, stress-strain behavior).
  • composites,
  • matrix composites materials,
  • resins,
  • application and production of composites

 

Applied Rheology

 

  • rheological models,
  • magnetorheological fluids,
  • Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow

 

Biotechnology

 

  • GMO,
  • cell immobilization,
  • beer production,
  • biofuel,
  • biohazards in the environment

 

Engineering of nanoporous materials

 

  • drying,
  • porosity and permeability,
  • Darcy’s law,
  • application and production of nanoporous materials,
  • properties of nanoporous materials

 

Green chemistry

 

  • rules of green chemistry,
  • main advantages of green chemistry,
  • sustainability in industry,
  • ionic liquids as green chemistry solvents

 

Recycling

 

  • recycling of polymeric materials,
  • biodegradable materials

 

Hybrids and fillers

 

  • definition and application of fillers,
  • definition of hybrids,
  • production of hybrids materials,
  • silica and its production, application and properties,
  • titania and its production, application and properties,
  • magnesium oxide and its production, application and properties

 

Characterization techniques

 

  • Nature of electromagnetic radiation,
  • X-ray production,
  • X-ray absorption and emission,
  • x-ray diffraction
  • NMR spectroscopy,
  • XPS spectroscopy,
  • porosity and surface area study

 

Biomaterials

 

  • Ceramic biomaterials.
  • Composite materials in biomaterials engineering.
  • Alginates in medical applications.
  • Carbon fibers and carbon materials in medicine.
  • Medical sterilization.
  • In vivo and in vitro methods in biomaterials testing.
  • The methods of evaluation of dental filling-tooth interface.
  • The methods of assessment of bioactivity of biomaterials.
  • The methods of scaffold formation.
  • Memory shape alloys.
  • Memory shape polymers.
  • Additives used in dental composite (example: antibacterial, color stabilizers, etc.)