MS Polymer Science & Engineering
The MS Polymer Science and Engineering Program aims to provide a technology-based polymer engineering education through the specially designed courses and the extracurricular research training, students will have a good knowledge about the development and prospect of polymer science & engineering within emerging scientific intersecting fields like photonic, magnetic functional polymer materials, biomedical polymer materials, polymeric membrane for separation as well as fine polymer materials, and furthermore, develop abilities of scientific research, product development, education and technical management.
In the past half century, there has been a great increase in the importance of Polymer Science and Engineering to our society, especially in polymer sector like synthetic fibres, plastics, rubbers, composites etc. as a back bone of country’s economy. The need for trained, polymer scientist/engineer at all levels is on the rise as the use of advanced chemicals, materials and process has spread to almost all polymer sectors. Nowadays, technological, engineering and business problems are often of such complexity that they require a high level of product development and research. Whereas in the past polymer field was generally restricted to the conventional chemical processing and the field was not so much grown. Today there is an ever-growing demand for polymer expertise in all related fields of polymer, as well as in finance and business management. The department of polymer engineering has launched the program of MS Polymer Science and Engineering by keeping in view the following learning outcomes:
- To train the manpower required to deal with the problems faced by the polymer industry through advance knowledge and skills so as to achieve reduced costs, flexibility and high quality.
- To have more in-depth study of research projects of applied nature which are already going on in the existing engineering faculties of National Textile University.
- To elevate the industry based research in the field of polymer science and engineering.
- To fill the space of more advanced polymer scientist and engineer as far as sensitivity and demand of region is concerned.
- To establish and enhance academia-industrial linkage for producing quality research of international repute.
- In addition to above social concern, department has worked out in detail as far as employment perspectives of graduates are concerned.
PSE–5071 Polymers: Science, Engineering & Applications
This course covers the introduction of macromolecules (Polymers), polymer raw materials, structure property relationship of polymers, polymer crystallinity, polymer reactions, techniques of polymerization, engineering and specialty polymers, elastomers, polymer composites and recycling of polymers. Moreover, how plastics, rubber,and fibers are synthesized, processed into useful materials, characterized, and compounded with fillers and other additives to improve performance for specific applications.
PSE–5072 Advanced Characterization Techniques
This course introduces the fundamental theoretical framework for diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging methods used in the structural and compositional characterization of engineering materials. The laboratory portion of the course offers intensive instruction in the most widely practiced x-ray diffraction (XRD) methods for materials evaluation, and an introduction to electron microscopy using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), and a transmission electron microscope (TEM), chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, this course also emphasis on Mechanical testing, Thermal testing, chemical testing and Electrical testing of polymeric materials. The course will include several visits to the materials lab and an experimental term project.
PSE–5073 Polymer Matrix Composites
This course describes about introduction of composite material, naming and classification of composite materials, molding methods of composite materials, Review of elasticity of anisotropic solids characterization of composite materials, Application of composite materials, the progress of composite materials, and importance of composite materials in 21st century.
RM-5071 Research Methodology
The overall aim of this course is to enable the students to identify a research area, identify a research problem, formulate research question, conduct literature survey, formulate research hypothesis, design research experiments, graphically present, analyze and interpret the experimental data, and draw valid conclusions. Additionally, the students will be able to write a research proposal, critically analyze research papers, and write a short literature review with proper citations and referencing. The students will practice relevant statistical tools and techniques using a statistical software package. The students will also become familiar with plagiarism and other ethical issues in research, patents, copyrights and trademarks, thesis and research paper writing styles
PSE–5074 Polymer Membrane Design and Applications
The course will describe in detail membrane separation technology and wide range of applications including water treatment and desalination. The course covers: global water shortages and need for membrane technology. Basic membrane types and their preparation Microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nano filtration and reverse osmosis membrane processes and current applications in water treatment. Characteristic properties of membranes, Methods of testing.
PSE–5075 Mechanics of Polymers
This course covers the basics of mechanics, mechanical behavior of polymers, various kinds of stresses and strains, stress-strain diagram, concepts of viscoelasticity, linear viscoelasticity, stress relaxation, temperature dependence of relaxation modulus, stress relation as a function if molecular configurations, creep, linear viscoelastic creep,creep compliance as a function of time, mechanical models, mathematical models and mechanical testing of polymers.
PSE–5076 Elastomeric Materials & Processes
The course will focus on introduction to elastomeric materials, Classification of elastomers, Mastication process, Compounding ingredients for rubbers, Rubber blends, Thermoplastic elastomers, Processing, Design of elastomeric products, Comparison of Elastomer Properties. Data sources, Recycling and reuse of elastomeric materials. The course will also focus on application of elastomeric material in different industry.
PSE–5077 Polymer Rheology & Viscoelasticity
Definition and measurement of the material functions of complex fluids, continuum mechanics of stress and deformation, constitutive equations derived from both continuum and molecular theories, interrelation of material functions for both shear and elongational flows, linear and nonlinear elasticity and viscoelasticity, material functions of important classes of polymeric fluids, the role of rheological properties in material characterization and polymer processing.
PSE–6071 Research Thesis
The research project module will enable the students to bring together the knowledge and skills acquired in the earlier modules to investigate a selected topic reviewing the literature, presenting seminars and preparing material in the form of a publication. The project will demonstrate the student’s capabilities to perform independently but supervised research to solve practical problems utilizing the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills attained.The overall purpose of the module is to develop in the students an understanding of the steps involved in planning and conducting a research project and in communicating the findings both orally and in writing. The project work can be undertaken in an industrial concern, where possible, ensuring both the relevance to the employer, access to appropriate facilities, and allowing sufficient time to be spent on the practical work. Alternatively, projects could be based and carried out at the university. In case of collaboration with other national and international research institutes and universities the final semester research projects can be completed at mother and collaborated organization.
A candidate seeking admission in MS Polymer Science and Engineering must possess one of the following with a minimum of CGPA 2.00/4.00 or 3.00/5.00 in semester system or 60% in annual/term system from HEC recognized institute/university:
B.Sc. /BE Engineering (Polymer/Materials/Chemical/Textile/Mechanical/Petroleum/Environmental), BS (Hons) Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Sciences, M.Sc. (Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Sciences)
The applicant must pass NTU-GAT (General) test conducted by National Textile University, as per HEC guidelines and adopted by Advanced Studies and Research Board of NTU, Faisalabad with a minimum of 50% cumulative score.
The applicant must not be already registered as a student in any other academic program in Pakistan or abroad.
Admission merit list will be prepared according to the following criteria.
|MS Polymer Science and Engineering|
|BS Engineering or BS(Hons.) /B.Sc. + M.Sc||40 / 20%+20% weightage|
|NTU-GAT (General Test)||40% weightage|
|Certificate Verification Fee||2000||-||-||-|
|Red Crescent Donation||100||-||-||-|
|University Card Fee||300||-||-||-|
|Student Activity Fund||2000||2000||2000||2000|
* There is no Transport Fee for Hostel Resident but they will pay hostel charges