Course detail

Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules

FCH-BCO_SVMAcad. year: 2017/2018

Structural levels in the macromolecular systems. Molecular weight and weight distributions. Polydispersity and average molecular weights. Relationships between molecular weight and properties of solid polymers. Polymer constitution, configuration and conformation. Linear, branched and cross-linked macromolecules. Alternating, statistical and block copolymers. Conformers and stereoregularity. Statistical coil. Conformational statistics. Intermolecular interactions. Supermolecular structure, morphology. Mechanism and kinetics of crystallization. Spherolites, dendrites, transcrystallinity. Macromolecules in dilute solutions. Flory-Huggins equation, interaction parameter and solubility parameter. Thermodynamics of polymer mixing, polymer solubility.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Quantitative description of physical aspects of behavior of macromolecules in diluted solutions, basic characteristics of molecular structure, conformation statistics,, interactions with irradiation, thermodynamics of polymer solutions, polymer mixing, diffusion in diluted and concentrated solutions, polymer networks


physical chemistry I and II, macromolecular chemistry


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

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

oral exam 30 minutes, 1 written test during semester

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction

2. Size of macromolecules

3. Distribution of molecular weight.

4. Conformation statistic of a single chain

5. Thermodynamics of polymer solutions

6. Dilute polymer solutions

7. Polymer gels and networks

8. Molecular diffusion in concentrated solutions and in melts


The main goal of this graduate course is to provide students introduction to molecular weight and weight distribution phenomena in relation to the polymerization mechanisms and to describe basic methods to measure molecular weight. In addition, conformational statistics of the long-chain molecules as affected by various molecular parameters is discussed as well as thermodynamics of polymer solubility and miscibility with brief description of thermodynamics of polymer blends.

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

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

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

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

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

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

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer