Polymer Composites and Blends


Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science


Version 9.0 of 02/21/2023

Code of Module


Modulename (german)

Polymer Composites and Blends

Study Programmes

Angewandte Werkstoffwissenschaften (M.Sc.)

Level of Module


Mission Statement

Most polymeric materials are compounds of several components as thermoplastics, elastomers, thermosets, inorganic fillers, plasticizers and additives. The morphology of blends and composites as well as the intrinsic properties of components determine the final properties of the material. Nanostructured polymeric materials are innovative materials exhibiting great potential for applications in different areas. The module will introduce to concepts for formulation and performance of polymer composites and blends. After successful completion of the module the students will have accomplished the knowledge to design polymer composites and polymer blends for defined applications.

  • Polymer blends

    -Miscibility and phase behavior of polymers-Compatibilization of polymer blends-Characterization, properties and applications

    Polymer composites
  • Modification of mechanical and processing properties by functional fillers-Interface and filler surface modification-Characterization, properties and applications
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Broadening
After the completion of the module the students have a broad knowledge available of the concepts to describe structures, properties and applications of multiphase polymeric materials. The students are able to select suitable methods and components to modify the properties of multiphase polymeric materials.

Knowledge Deepening
After the successful completion of the module the students
• can select suitable functional filler for systematic modification of polymer properties
• are able to explain the methods of chemical surface modification of filler particles and the resulting property changes
• can explain the basic principles of thermodynamics of polymer blends
• have detailed knowledge of compatibilization methods to improve properties of polymer blends
• know modern material groups as Thermoplastic Elastomers, Nanocomposites, Polymer blends with block copolymers and liquid crystalline components
Instrumental Skills and Competences
The students are able to modify structure and properties of polymer blends and composites for special applications.
Communicative Skills and Competences
The students are able to understand and to discuss lectures and papers on complex scientific topics in English language.
They are able to review the scientific literature for special topics and present their research results in English language.
Systemic Skills and Competences
After the successful completion of the module the students can identify recent scientific developments in the area of polymer composites and blends and are able to evaluate them.

Mode of Delivery

Lectures in English language, studies of scientific literature, presentations in English language

Expected Knowledge and/or Competences

Englisch, Werkstoffkunde

Responsible of the Module

Petersen, Svea


Petersen, Svea



Concept of Study and Teaching
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Recommended Reading

Polymer Blends Handbook, L.A.Utracki and C.A.Wilkie, 2. Edition, Springer-Verlag 2014.Polymer Blends, Volume 1and 2, D.R.Paul and C.B. Bucknall, John WileySons, 2000.Polymer Blends, L.M. Robeson, Hanser Verlag, 2007.Functional Fillers for Plastics, M. Xanthos, Wiley VCH, 2005.

Graded Exam

Viva Voce

Assessment Methods Remark

Literature study and presentation on a selected topic in English language. Oral examination in English or German language.

Examination Requirements

The students have to present results of a literature reseach on a selected topic concerning polymer blends and composites in English language.For the oral examination in English or German language, knowlede on structure-property relaitionships of polymer blends and composites are demanded.


1 Term

Module Frequency

Only Winter Term

Language of Instruction