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Functional properties of polymers and glass


ECTS Credits : 2

Duration : 21 hours

Semester : S8

Person(s) in charge:

Franck CLEYMAND, Associate Professor, 


glass, polymer, functional properties, fonctionalization techniques, biomimicry


Core curriculum courses in Materials: SM 031, SM 032, SM 033, SM 034

General objective :

Introduction to functional properties of polymers and glasses

Program and Contents:

A. Glasses and their functional properties

  • Domain definition and industrial context (elaboration, composition, structure, applications)
  • Glass transition notions
  • Mechanical and rheological properties of glasses
  • Relation between composition and functional properties (luminescence, photochromic glasses
  • Surface functionalism: grafting, thin layers and coating (biomimicry notions, self-cleaning glasses)
  • Volume fonctionalization (sol-gel techniques, new glasses by soft chemistry, biogenic glasses, ceramic glasses)
  • Glasses and glass products: Which improvement, which future ?

B. Polymers and their functional properties

  • Barrier properties of polymers (gas and steam permeability, liquid permeability, packaging)
  • Electrical and optical properties of polymers
  • Surface functionalization of polymers and applications



Description and operational verbs


Basic properties and principles of functionalization of polymers and glasses
Industrial applications or development in process of polymers and functionalized polymers.


Scientific, technique and industrial issues of functionalization of glasses and polymers
Functionalization techniques of glasses and polymers.


Theoretical principles studied in class (ex luminescence) and associated to new functions
Glass transition function and properties of glasses and polymers.


Experimental curves and life observations
Scientific and technique documents about elaboration and properties of these materials


Trough a short oral talk (5 minutes), a recent application and theoretical principle associated to glasses and/or functionalized polymers.


Potential fallouts of new and researched functions introduced in glasses and polymers.


  • Written Test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral Report
  • Project
  • Written Report
  • Aucune étiquette