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Macromolecular Chemistry

Characteristics of the field

The Graduate Study is organized by the Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry in cooperation with the Prague Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry. The Study Program has been prepared by experts from the Faculty of Science, Academy of Sciences and the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology. It covers all fields of Macromolecular Chemistry (including Biopolymer Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Polymers) and some disciplines of Polymer Physics. The up-to-date topics that may be studied experimentally at the Department include, e.g., (a) synthesis of polymers and studies in polymerization kinetics (e.g., synthesis of semiconducting substituted polyacethylens), (b) association processes in polymer systems (e.g., micellization of block polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions), (c) mechanical degradation and biodegradation processes in polymer systems, and (d) properties of semiconducting polymer materials. Theoretical studies in (a) statistical thermodynamics of polymers and (b) Monte Carlo computer simulations of chain conformations in supramolecular structures are available for theoretically oriented students. A great variety of other topics is available for students working partially at the Faculty and partially in the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry. In order to prepare the graduates for a successful professional career, the Graduate Program reflects the impact of polymer chemistry on chemical technology and various industrial production branches, and the offer of individual research topics reflects the up-to-date trends in the free positions advertized by research institutions and chemical companies in the Czech Republic and in the European Community countries.

Specialized Lectures and Tutorials Offered

Physical Chemistry of Polymers
Polymer Physics
Reactions in Macromolecular Systems
Functionalized Polymers
Biomedical Application of Polymers
Biophysical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Biopolymers
Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy
Molecular Spectroscopy
NMR Spectroscopy
Chemical Thermodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics
Computer Simulations in Many-Particle Physics
Chemistry and Physics of Interfaces
Numerical Methods in Physical Chemistry
Principles of the Computer Programming

Lectures from the graduate and undergraduate study programs of the Faculty of Science, other Faculties of the Charles University (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Medical Faculty, etc.) and other Prague Universities (the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, the Prague Technical University) may be chosen after the supervisor´s consultations with the Graduate Study Board.

Research Topics and Experimental Techniques Available at the Department

1. Association Processes in Polymer Systems.
2. Ultrafast Photoinduced Processes in Organized Polymer Media.
3. Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Semiconducting Polymers.
4. Polymer Degradation and Stabilization.
5. Statistical Thermodynamics of Polymer Assemblies.
6. Computer Simulations of Polymer Chain Conformations.
7. Steady-State and Time-Resolved Fluorometry.
8. Size-Exclusion Chromatography.
9. Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Subject-area Board

The subject-area board is available in Czech (Oborová rada). The Chairman is highlighted.

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