14MIMBPM - Biodegradable polymeric materials

Course specification
Course titleBiodegradable polymeric materials
Study programme
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ConditionОблик условљености
      The goalIntroducing students to meaning and definition of biodegradability of synthetic and natural polymeric materials. Gaining knowledge about methods of investigation of biodegradability. Presentation of types of synthetic biodegradable materials, their importance and application.
      The outcomeAfter completion of the course students posses a knowledge about the relationship between structure of polymeric materials and their biodegradability. Students have a knowledge about the application of polymeric material in terms of its biodegradable properties. Students are able to create a biodegradable polymeric material with structure which will provide specific, targeted application
      Contents of lecturesDefinition of biodegradability ; Methods for investigation of biodegradability with overview of current standards ; Mechanisms of polymer biodegradation ; Influence of polymer structure on biodegradability ; Some classes of synthetic and natural biodegradable polymers ; Polymers from renewable sources ; Application of biodegradable polymeric materials ;
      Contents of exercisesDemonstration: comparison of in vitro biodegradability of synthetic biodegradable and natural polymeric materials using different characterization techniques (weight loss measurements, GPC, DSC, SEM). ; Making a seminar paper using a current scientific literature from the field. ;
      1. Handbook of Biodegradable Polymers Ed.C. Bastioli, 2005, Rapra Technology Limited
      2. Polymers, the Environment and Sustainable Development, A. Azapagic, A. Emsley, I Hamerton, Ed. I. Hamerton 2003, John Wiley&Sons Ltd
      3. Degradable Aliphatic Polyesters, Advances in Polymer Science Series, Vol. Ed. A.-C. Albertsson, 2002, Springer
      4. Biodegradable Polyesters:Synthesis and Physical Properties, Marija S. Nikolic, Jasna Djonlagic, in A Handbook of Applied Biopolymer Technology: Synthesis, Degradation and Applications, 2011, RCS Publishing
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
      Methods of teachingLectures; Experimental work; Seminar work discussions
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
      Activites during lectures10Test paper40
      Practical lessons20Oral examination