Soft Condensed Matter Physics, 6 credits (TFYA37)

Mjuka material, 6 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Niclas Solin

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CMED 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping v
6CTBI Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering (Devices and Materials in Biomedicine) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping v
6CMED Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Biomedical Materials) 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 1 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Mandatory courses in mathematics and physics for the Y-program or equal.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will ive the student knowledge of the statistical physics of polymers, the chemical, geometrical and electronic structure of polymers as well as the structure, dynamics and processing of polymer solids. We will discuss condensed matter in the form of colloids, amphiphiles, liquid crystals, molecular crystals and biological matter.
After the course, the student should be able to

  • describe the geometry of polymer chains and their dynamics, and the mathematical description of these phenomena
  • utilize thermodynamical analysis of phase transitions in polymers and polymer blends
  • describe micro and nanostructure of polymer solutions and polymer blends
  • describe amphiphile materials, colloids, foams and gels, liquid crystals

Course content

Polymers: terminology, chemical structures and polymerization, solid state structures, polymers in solution, colligative properties. Statistical physics of polymer chains: random coils, entropy measures, rubber physics.
Polymer geometry: random coils, crystals, spherulites, polymers adsorbed on surfaces, in liquid crystals, polymer blends. Flory-Huggins theory for polymer blends. Optical and electronic properties of conjugated polymers. Amphiphilic materials and polyelectrolytes. Liquid crystals. Foams and gels. Biological molecules in condensed phase. Ion conduction in polymer electrolytes.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures and seminars


UPG1AssignmentsU, G1.5 credits
TEN2Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54.5 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson


Niclas Solin

Education components

Preliminär schemalagd tid: 48 h
Rekommenderad självstudietid: 112 h

Course literature

Kompletterande litteratur

Linda S. Hirst, Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science

Extra material och handouts

Additional literature


Linda S. Hirst, Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science


Extra material och handouts

UPG1 Assignments U, G 1.5 credits
TEN2 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4.5 credits

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