Polymer physics studies polymers and their fluctuations, kinetics of the reaction, mechanical properties, degradation and polymerization of polymers. Polymers are complex molecules and are complicated to solve by the deterministic method. Yet, the statistical approach yield results, since polymers are efficiently desirable in thermodynamic limit of many monomers. The shape of the polymer in liquid solutions is affected by the thermal fluctuations and modeling their shape again requires statistical mechanics and dynamics. Based on Analog function between a polymer and a Brownian motion is used for the statistical approach of polymer physics. Characterization of polymers is done by size exclusion chromatography, viscometry, dynamic light scattering. These methods help in mathematical modeling of polymers and to understand the polymeric properties.
- Viscosity and viscoelasticity
- Crystallization, rheology, swelling, phase separation
- Entanglements and crosslinking.
- Mechanical properties, dielectric properties, optical properties, thermal properties.
- The kinetics of degradation and polymerization, polymers subjected to deformation
- Polymers at interfaces and in confined spaces