[ 497POCHCIPV19 ] VL Chemical Interactions in Polymers

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1,5 ECTS M1 - Master's programme 1. year Chemistry Oliver Brüggemann 1 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Polymer Chemistry 2019W
Objectives This lecture describes the stability, the resistance and the degradation of polymers, as well as the different additives which are added to polymers in plastic materials. A special focus lies on the chemical mechanisms of autooxidation and photooxidation of polymers, and on stabilizers which shall prevent these reactions.
Subject Part 1: a) Corrosion of Polymers

b) Plastic Additives:

  • Antioxidants
  • Metal Deactivators
  • Light Stabilizers
  • PVC Stabilizers
  • Plasticizers
  • Lubricants and Related Additives
  • Processing Aids
  • High-Polymeric Additives for Improving Impact Strength
  • Fillers and Reinforcements
  • Fiber Reinforcements
  • Colorants
  • Flame Retardants
  • Antistatic Agents

Part 2:
Plastic Additives:

  • Curing Agents, Accelerators, Catalysts
  • Fluorescent Whitening Agents
  • Biostabilizers
  • Chemical Blowing Agents
  • Organic Peroxides as Cross-linking Agents
  • Nucleating Agents for Partly Crystalline Polymers
  • Lubricants, Mould Release Agents
  • Additives for Recycling
  • Health and Safety
  • Analysis of Additives

Part 3:

  • Additives and Stabilizers in Polymers
  • Mechanisms of Polymer Degradation and Stabilization
  • Controlled Degradation and Stabilization
Criteria for evaluation Oral examination
Methods Lecture
Questions allowed during the lecture
Language English (German if requested)
Study material a) Corrosion of Polymers and Elastomers; Philip A. Schweitzer; CRC Press
b) Plastics Additives Handbook; Reinhard Gächter, Helmut Müller, P. P. Klemchuk; Hanser Fachbuch
c) Additives for Plastics Handbook; John Murphy; Elsevier
d) Handbook of Polymer Degradation; S. Halim Hamid; CRC Press
e) Functional Fillers for Plastics; Marino Xanthos; Wiley-VCH
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture 497POCHCIPV10: VL Chemical Interactions in Polymers (1,3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment