Polymers: Science, Engineering and Applications

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 5 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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This course is designed to provide an analysis of the science and engineering of polymers, and an up-to-date appreciation of the development and application of polymers in engineering and other fields. The emphasis will be on the newer and more advanced materials.

The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the underlying science of polymeric materials and will provide a useful introduction to those new to the field (or a refresher for those who have been in it for some time). This will lead in to a detailed discussion of mechanical and physical properties, processing of polymers, characterisation techniques, and development of different types of polymers including both common and advanced polymers.

There will also be lectures on some of the more important newer materials for structural, optoelectronic and biomedical applications, and the course will conclude with a discussion of trends of polymer utilisation in leading industries.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for scientists and technologists in the manufacturing industries, graduates undertaking research and development in academic institutions or research organisations and MSc students. It will serve as an introduction or an update.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the properties, processing and applications of thermoplastics and thermosets, both bulk and specialised materials, latest developments and new or advanced applications for polymers.
  • Use this knowledge in a critical manner to make justified choices of polymeric materials and processes, plan and design the product and manufacturing route for a given application.
  • Understand current developments relevant to most industrial requirements.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • Adhesives and coatings
  • Chemical characterisation of polymers
  • Conjugated polymers for optoelectronic applications
  • Degradation of polymers
  • Design with polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Mechanical behaviour
  • Physical characterisation of polymers
  • Polymer blends and alloys
  • Polymers in automotive applications.
  • Polymers in microelectronics
  • Processing of plastics
  • Recycling of polymers
  • Synthesis of polymers
  • The amorphous state
  • The crystalline state
  • Thermoplastics
  • Thermosets
  • Toughening and toughening mechanisms in polymers

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorial classes

Course leader

Constantina (Tina) Lekakou

Dr Tina Lekakou is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences at the University of Surrey. She is Head of the Group of Functional and Energy Materials and Interfaces (FEMI), encompassing applications in engineering, energy, transpo...

Entry requirements

No specific previous qualifications will be assumed but the level is set to appeal to those of graduate status with some industrial experience.

Recognition of prior learning

A basic understanding of the structure of polymers will be useful but detailed chemical and mathematical arguments will be avoided.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


Standard rate


EngD student


3 for 2 offer*

Our 3 for 2 offer means three delegates may attend for the price of two.

What these fees include

* This offer is provided that payment is received one month before the course start date.

Our EngD student price is applicable for both University of Surrey students and those attending from another university.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

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