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Soft Matter Engineering (BMEN90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90012
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

AIMS

Introduction to soft condensed matter: a range of applications and products including foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, ceramics, suspensions, minerals and detergents. The course covers the fundamental structure-function and material properties of these complex systems.

INDICATIVE CONTENT

The colloidal domain: brownian motion and the Stokes-Einstein equation. Suspension viscosity.
Interparticle forces: dispersion forces, electrostatic forces (Poisson-Boltzmann), double layer theory and solvation forces. The role of surface forces in colloidal stability. Electrokinetic characterization of nano-particles and the relationship to colloidal stability and suspension rheology. Suspension rheology, measurement, viscoelasticity and the colloidal state. Polymer physics. Polymers as random walks, ideal and real chains scaling concepts and the size of the random walk. Entropy and Elasticity, the Hookean spring. Viscoelastic behaviour of polymer solutions and melts. Gels, sols and gelation including the concept of percolation. The theory of rubber elasticity. Adsorption of polymers to surfaces. Surfactants and self assembly. Micelles, vesicles and hexagonal phases. Aggregation numbers and packing parameters. Lipid bilayers. A review of several papers in biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Intended learning outcomes

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Describe and analyse the flow behaviour of particulate materials and the influence of surface chemistry, additives and processing history on the behaviour of fine solid and liquid particle slurries
  2. Apply the physical concepts to product formulation with required material attributes
  3. Apply the physical concepts to processes in the minerals, ceramics, pigment, food and pharmaceuticals industries
  4. Apply these concepts to the manufacture and characteristics of soft materials.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply fundamental science and engineering knowledge
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Ability to analyse and solve open-ended problems
  • Ability to comprehend complex concepts and communicate lucidly this understanding
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • Ability to work in a team (practical work component)
  • Ability to write a technical report
  • Demonstrated ability to review the literature.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Admission into Master of Engineering (Chemical, Chemical with Business, or Biochemical) AND one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST20009 Vector Calculus
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

OR:

Admission into Master of Engineering (Biomedical, Biomedical with Business or Materials) AND:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEM10003 Chemistry 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

AND one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MAST20009 Vector Calculus
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

OR:

Admission into Master of Engineering (200 pt entry point) (Chemical or Biochemical)

OR:

Admission into Master of Engineering (200 pt entry point) (Biomedical) AND:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEM10003 Chemistry 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

BIEN30001 Bionanoengineering

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Additional details

  • One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in the exam (80%)
  • One assignment of at least 3000 words (not including appendices and diagrams and tables). Time commitment of 25-30 hours. Due in the second half of the semester. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in this assignment (20%).

Hurdle requirement: A grade of greater than 50% in the exam is required to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDavid Dunstan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x 1 hour lectures + 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Prof David Dunstan

    Email:davided@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated 200 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Larson R.G. The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids, Oxford University Press, NY 1999

  • Subject notes

    LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS

    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials.

    INDICATIVE KEY LEARNING RESOURCES

    Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides.

    CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS

    The knowledge gained in this subject are important to the career of an engineer in the biomedical or chemical fields.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 27 July 2019