Course detail

Polymer Materials

FCH-BCO_POMAcad. year: 2017/2018

Course is focused to Production, Properties, Processing and Application of Polymeric Materials: Chemical Bonding and Polymer Structure. Polymer Modification: Copolymerization, Postpolymerization Reaction, Functional Polymers. Relationship between Structure and Chemical Properties of Polymers. Relationship between Structure of Polymers and its Electrical and Optical Properties. Solubility of Polymers. Polymer Additives and Reinforcements: Plasticizers, Fillers and Reinorcements, Alloys and Blends, Antioxidants, Thermal and UV Stabilizers, Flame Retardants, Colorants, Blowing agents, Crosslinking Agents, Lubricants, Antistatic Agents, Optical Whittening Agents.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of properties, structure and potential applications posibilities of polymeric materials. Overview of additives used to formulation of polymeric materials with required properties.


Macromolecular chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Mleziva J., Šňupárek J., Polymery-výroba, struktura, vlastnosti a použití, Praha 2000 (CS)
Brydson J.A., Plastics Materials, Elsevier 1999 (EN)
Brazel Ch. S., Rosen S.L., Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials, Wiley 2012, ISBN 9780470505427 (EN)
Sperling L.H., Introduction to Physical Polymer Science, Wiley 2006, ISBN: 13 978-0-471-70606-9 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination verifies the knowledges on theme dealed with composition, properties and application of polymeric materials based on thermoplastic matrice.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1.History of plastics materials, natural plastics and its modifications, development of vinyl polymers, termoplastics and termosets. Nomenclature of plastics.
2.Relationship between structure and chemical properties. Solubility o polymers, chemical ractivity, degradation, crosslinking, agening and weathering, diffusion and permeability, toxicity, flammability.
3.Relationship between structure, electrical and optical properties of plastics. Dielectric constatnt, electric conductive polymers. Optical properties of polymers.
4.Additivation of plstics, Fillers, plasticizers, softening agents, lubricants, stabilization, flame retarders, pigments and dyes, blowing agents, crosslinking agents, UV-degradable additives.
5.Polyethylene, preparation, properties, applications, crosslinked and chlorinated polyethylene.
6.Polypropylene and other aliphatic polyolefins. Copolymers, dienes, rubers.
7.Halogen-vinyl polymers: PVC a PTFE. Other vinylic polymers: PVAc, polyacrylates, styrenic plastics etc.
8.Polyamides a polyimides. Polyacetals and derivatives. Polycarbonates. Polymers with p-phenylene groups.
9.Celulose and its derivatives.
11.Thermoplastics polyurethanes.
12.Thermal resistent polymers.

13.Funkcionalizované polymery. Struktura, metody přípravy, vlastnosti.


Knowledge of polymeric materials and its application.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Presence on faculatative lectures is recomended.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHM , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHM , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer