CME 515 - Complex Fluids

This course aims to provide graduate-level students with a unified approach to complex fluids. Complex fluids, also referred to as soft materials, are materials which have the capability to self-organize to form complex structures that may be manipulated to exhibit a variety of properties essential for specific functional requirements. The materials considered under this definition are the various classes of colloids, polymers, amphiphiles, liquid crystals and biological molecules. Topics covered include an overview and definitions of soft matter and complex fluids; Intermolecular interactions; Phase transitions and order parameters, scaling laws and polydispersity; Polymer systems, thermodynamics of polymer solutions; Polymers at interfaces, adsorbed polymer layers, polymer brushes; self-assembly in bulk, weak and strong segregation, microphase separation; Self-assembly in solution, polymeric micelles, surfactant micelles, planar assemblies, microemulsions; Colloidal systems, forces, and stability, interaction between charged surfaces, colloidal dynamics, diffusion and sedimentation; Amphiphilicsystems, surface activity, surfactants and monolayers, membranes; Liquid crystals, applications in microelectronics; Biological systems; Macromolecular and supramolecular assemblies.
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