Masters Programs

MS Polymer Science & Engineering

The MS Polymer Science & Engineering Program aims to provide a technology-based polymer engineering education through specially designed courses and extracurricular research training. Students will have a good knowledge about the development and prospect of Polymer Science & Engineering within emerging scientific intersecting fields like biopolymers, functional polymer materials, elastomers, polymer composites, polymeric membrane for separation, and sustainable material developments. Furthermore, students will develop abilities of scientific research, product development, education and technical management through a number of courses and research thesis.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The MS Polymer Science & Engineering graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive advanced knowledge and research in industry and academia through engineering practices generally and polymeric materials particularly.
  • Act as responsible professionals, providing solutions with due considerations to ethical and environmental impacts of their work on society.
  • Communicate effectively about scientific topics and industrial problems

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  1. Polymeric Material Engineering Knowledge: Acquire advanced knowledge in the polymeric materials engineering industry and academia.
  2. Advance Research skills: Design and conduct scientific research using acceptable methodologies and solve research problems through effective thinking skills.
  3. Scientific writing skills: Ability to write the analyzed and evaluated technical findings for better understanding of the readers in the fields of science and engineering.
  4. Project Management: The ability to manage the advanced knowledge and research skills to one’s work as a member and/or leader in a team in a multidisciplinary environment.
  5. Communication: An ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing, with the scientist or engineering community and society at large.
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.
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 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.

First Semester 

 

Code

 

Course Title

Credit Hours

PSE-5201

Functional Polymeric Materials

3

PSE-5202

Research Methodology

3

PSE-5203

Polymer analysis and Characterization

3

PSE-5204

Mechanics of Polymers

3

 

Total 

12 

Second Semester 

 

Code

 

Course Title

Credit

Hours

PSE-5211

Polymer Composites

3

PSE-5212

Polymer Processing and Rheology

3

PSE-5213

Biopolymers

3

PSE-5214

Membrane Design and Applications

3

PSE-5215

Polymer Processing Simulations

3

PSE-5216

Polymer Coating & Adhesives

3

PSE-5217

Elastomeric Materials and Processes

 

PSE-5218

Environmental Health and Sustainable Development

3

PSE-5219

Product Development and Innovation Management

3

*The student will select four elective courses in 2nd semester. 

12 n

Third and Fourth Semester 

 

 

 

Code

Course Title

Credit

Hours

PSE-6071

Research Thesis

6

 

Total Credit Hours 

30

Zero credit course for students with limited background knowledge of polymers 

  Criteria for Selection of Electives:

  • The student will have to select four elective courses in 2nd semester.
  • At the start of the second semester, the list of available electives will be displayed/shared with the students.
  • The electives will be offered on the availability of relevant faculty members.
  • The students will choose electives from the given list within the prescribed time limit.
  • An elective will be offered if a minimum of 40% of the class or at least 10 students choose to study that elective.
  • The final elective list will be displayed/shared with the students soon after finalizing the elective subjects.
  • Students, who opted for the non-offered electives, will have to choose among the offered elective courses. 

Courses description

 1.  Functional Polymeric Materials

The objective of this course is to give the students an overview of various types of materials used for advanced engineering applications. The students will learn about the properties and applications of various polymeric, ceramic, metallic, bio- and composite materials ranging from nanoscale to macro scale. In addition to various physical and mechanical properties, various functional aspects of the materials will also be covered in the course including shape memory effect, self-healing, phase change, fire retardant behavior and energy harvesting properties. At the end of the course, the students should be able to select suitable materials for various engineering applications, particularly for making advanced technical textile products.

Reference Books

Advanced Materials, edited by: Theodorus van de Ven and Armand, Soldera, 2020, DOI: 10.1515/9783110537734
Handbook of Advanced Materials: Enabling New Designs, Editor(s): James K. Wessel, 2004, DOI:l 0.1002/0471465186

2.   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.

Reference Books

 Handbook Of Research Methodology, By Dr. Shanti Bhushan Mishra, Dr. Shashi Alok, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-5457-0340-3

Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners. 5th ed. by Ranjit Kumar, SAGE

Publishing, 2019. ISBN: 9781526449900

Higher Education Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Research Process, By Ben Kei Daniel, Tony Harland, Published in 2017 by Routledge

3. Polymer analysis and Characterization

This course gives an introduction to different physical, chemical and mechanical characterization techniques, including XRD, SEM, TEM, chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, tensile testing, impact testing, bending, shear and hardness testing.

Reference Books

 Advanced Techniques for Materials Characterization by Thomson Reuters BC! (WoS), 2009, ISBN: 9783038133230, DOI: I0.4028/www.scientific.net/MSFo.49-51

Handbook of Materials Characterization, Editors: Sharma, Surender Kumar (Ed.), Springer, 20I 8, ISBN 978-3-319-92955-2, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92955-2

4. Mechanics of Materials

Mechanics of materials is a branch of applied mechanics that deals with the behavior of solid bodies subjected to various types of loading. This course deals with stress-strain behavior of different materials, testing techniques, constitutive equations, micromechanics, modelling and simulation techniques for structural analysis.

Reference Books:

Mechanics of Materials, An Introduction to Engineering Technology, Authors: Ghavami, Parviz, Springer, 2015, ISBN 978-3-319-07572-3

Handbook of Mechanics of Materials, Editors: Editor-in-chief: Hsueh, Chun-Hway, Schmauder, S., Chen, C.-S., Chawla, K.K., Chawla, N., Chen, W., Kagawa, Y. (Eds.), Springer, 2019, ISBN 978- 98110-6883-6

5. Polymer Composites

Composites are the materials of 21st century. They have vast applications in sports, defense, automotive, aerospace engineering, medical sciences, building/construction material and many other sectors. This course is designed to provide student thorough knowledge of fundamental issues of fibres reinforced composites. Students will develop the understanding how composites are made from different fibres and how the inherent properties and layout of fibres affect the mechanical behavior of composites. They will also learn the techniques used to characterize the structure and properties of composites materials. They will also gain the practical experience of making fibre reinforced composites and characterize their behavior through mechanical properties.

Reference Books

 Chapter: Composite Materials Testing, Contributor(s): Khubab Shaker, Yasir Nawab, Book: Advanced Textile Testing Techniques, Ed. Sheraz Ahmad, Abher Rasheed, Ali Afzal, Faheem Ahmad, CRC Press, 2017, ISBN: 9781315155623

Composite Materials: Science and Applications, Second Edition by Deborah D.L. Chung, Springer 2010, ISBN 978-1-84882-830-8, DOI 10.1007/978-1-84882-831-5

6. Polymer Processing and Rheology

The main objective of teaching this course is to give a general understanding of the primary and critical concepts of polymer solution or melt flow behavior under certain circumstances. The flow properties will be dependent on multiple polymers, solvent, solution, and physical parameters. The flow properties are studied under the title of polymer rheology. Students will be able to remember and understand the key parameters which affects the polymer solution rheology behavior. In addition, the time dependent flow behavior like Rheopexy will be considered to understand the shelf-life behavior. This course will help students understand the different viscosity requirements of polymer solutions and melt during the process, which are key elements in producing a quality product.

Reference Books:

Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Dr. Ranjit Kumar, 2nd Edition, Sage Publications (2005)

Doe Simplified 2E: Practical Tools for Effective Experimentation by Mark J Anderson, 2nd Edition, Productivity Press (2007)

RSM Simplified: Optimizing Processes Using Response Surface Methods for Design of Experiments by Mark J Anderson and Patrick J Whitcomb, Productivity Press (2005)

Design and Analysis of Experiments - Student Solutions Manual by Douglas C. Montgomery, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons (2009)

7. Biopolymers

Detailed knowledge of the structure, function, and properties of biopolymers: Structure-property relationships in biological materials, biological materials: scale, heterogeneity, representative volume elements, fibers: the key building blocks for performance and versatility, design and function of structural biological materials, design for stiffness and design for strength. Case study of some biological materials: Proteins: Amino acids and their polymerization, primary structure, conformation secondary structure, structural proteins, coping with strain energy. Sugars and fillers: Fibers, structural polysaccharides in plants water, the invisible support, mucus. Bone: Composition of bone, integration and organization levels, mechanical properties of the cortical of bone. Soft tissue engineering: Structure-properties of soft tissues. Articular cartilage, structure and composition, bio-mechanics of articular cartilage, cell seeded repair systems, bio-artificial implants: design and tissue engineering. Silk fibers: Origins, nature and consequences of structure, mechanical properties of spider silks, hierarchical microstructure of silk fibers, spinning - the origins of silk fiber microstructure

Reference Books

J. Vincent, Structural Biomaterials, Third Edition, Princeton University Press, 2012 (ISBN: 978-1- 4008-4278-0)

M. Elices, Structural Biological Materials, Volume 4: Design and Structure-Property Relationships, Pergamon, 2000 (ISBN-13: 978-0444552389)

S. Kumbar. C. T. Laurencin, M. Deng, Natural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers, !st Edition, 2014 (ISBN 9780123969835)

S. Katia, L. Avernus, Biopolymers: Biomedical and Environmental Applications, 2011 (ISBN: 978-0-470-639238).

8. Membrane Design and Applications

This course will provide an insight to the membrane technology and its uses. The course content includes background of the development of membranes followed by detail discussion on membrane materials and their properties. Various methods of membrane preparations and their characterization. The separations (transport mechanism) using membranes, principles of various membrane processes such as reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, dialysis, liquid membrane, pervaporation etc. and their applications in different industries. The course will enable students to develop necessary skills to design appropriate membrane-based separation technique as per the need.

Reference Books:

 M. K. Purkit, Randeep Singh, Membrane Technology in Separation Science, Taylor & Francis, 2018

9. Polymer Processing Simulations

This course has been designed to develop students' knowledge of Single dimensional analysis and scaling: Dimensional analysis, dimensional analysis by matrix transformation, problems with non-linear material properties, scaling and·similarity, balance equations, Model simplification: Reduction in dimensionality, lubrication approximation. Simple Models in Polymer Processing: Pressure driven flow of a Newtonian fluid through a slit, flow of a power law fluid in a straight circular tube (Hagen-Poiseuille equation), flow of a power law fluid in a slightly tapered tube, volumetric flow rate of a power law fluid in axial annular flow, radial flow between two parallel discs - Newtonian model, the Hele-Shaw model, cooling or heating in polymer processing, Single screw extrusion-isothermal flow problems: Newtonian flow in the metering section of a single screw extruder, cross channel flow in a single screw extruder, Newtonian isothermal screw and die characteristic curves

Extrusion dies-isothermal flow problems: End-fed sheeting die: coat hanger die, extrusion die with variable die land thicknesses, pressure flow of two immiscible fluids with different viscosities, fiber, spinning, viscoelastic fiber spinning model. Processes that involve membrane stretching: Film blowing, thermoforming. Coating processes: Wire coating die, roll coating. Injection molding - isothermal flow problems: Balancing the runner system in multi-cavity injection molds, radial flow between two parallel discs. Melting and solidification: Melting with pressure flow melt removal, melting with drag flow melt removal, melting zone in a plasticating single screw extruder.

Reference Books

 T. A. Osswald, J. P. Hernandez-Ortiz, Polymer Processing: Modeling and Simulation, Hanser, 2006 (ISBN-13: 978-1569903988)

Z. Tadmor, C. G. Gogos, Principles of Polymer Processing, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Interscience, 2006 (ISBN-13: 9780471387701)

D. G. Baird, D. I. Collias, Polymer Processing: Principles and Design, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2014 (ISBN-

13: 9780470930588)

10. Polymer Coating & Adhesives

Introduction to Coatings: The importance of polymer coatings, The general constitution of Polymer coatings, Economics of coatings, The application methods of coatings, Global markets for polymeric coatings. Rheological Aspects of coatings: The importance of rheology, Rheological characterization, Hydrodynamic interactions, Rheological control of paints and powder coatings, Thickening in waterborne paints, Viscosity of paints during curing. Basic Coating Formulations: Coating compositions in general, Solvent borne fonnulations, Solvent borne high solids formulations, Chemistries of solvent borne high solids formulations, Waterborne formulations, Chemistries of water borne formulations, Challenges and applications of water borne formulations, Radiation curing formulations, Photo-initiators, Chemistries of radiation curing formulations, Chemistries of powder Coating Formulations, Pros and cons of radiation curing. Additives and Particulates: Types of Additives, Thickeners, Inorganic Thickeners, Organic Thickeners, Surface Active Agents, Wetting and Dispersing Agents, Antifoaming Agents, Adhesion Promoters, Surface Modifiers. Leveling and Coalescing Agents, Catalytically Active Additives, Dryers, Special Effect Additives, Particulates.

Introduction to adhesives: Basic Definitions, Advantages and Disadvantages of Adhesive Bonding, Uses of Adhesive Bonding in Modern Industry, Economics of Adhesive Technology. The Relationship of Surface Science and Adhesion Science: Rationalizations of Adhesion Phenomena, Electrostatic Theory of Adhesion, Diffusion Theory of Adhesion, Mechanical Interlocking and Adhesion. Wettability and Adhesion, Acid-Base Interactions at Interfaces, Covalent Bonding at Interfaces, The Relationship of Fundamental Forces of Adhesion and Practical Adhesion, The Weak Boundary Layer. The Surface Preparation of Adherends for Adhesive Bonding: Plastic Surface Preparation, Metal Surface Preparation, Anodization Treatments for Adhesive Bonding of Aluminum, General Techniques for the Surface Preparation of Metals. The Chemistry and Physical Properties of Structural Adhesives: Introduction to Structural Adhesives, Chemistry of Base Resins Used in Structural Adhesives, Formulation of Structural Adhesives for Optimum Performance Pressure-sensitive Adhesives, Rubber-Based, Contact Bond and other Elastomeric Adhesives, Hot Melt Adhesives.

Reference Books

 G. de With, Polymer Coatings, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Germany, 2018 (ISBN: 978-3-52734210-5)

V. Pocius, Adhesion and Adhesives Technology, 3rd Edition, Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, 2012 (ISBN: 978-3-446-43177-5)

 11. Environmental Health and Sustainable Development

The main objective of teaching this course is to give engineers the knowledge and sense of social responsibility regarding environment, compliance, and sustainability.

The content if this course includes, the detail overview of Global Ecosystem, Air Pollution and its management, Water Pollution and its management, Industrial Pollution and its management, Global warming, Science of Climate Change and Impacts, Concepts of Sustainability, Sustainability Policies, Environmental Challenges & Sustainable Solutions, Instruments for implementing sustainable development

Through this course the students will become familiar with potential strategic options to perform socially responsible industrial activities in sustainable fashion while protecting environmental health.

Reference Books

 Environment, Health and Sustainable Development, 2nd Edition, by Hutchinson (Editor), 2015. Occupational Health and Safety Management: A Practical Approach, 3rd Edition By Charles D. Reese, CRC Press 2017.

12. Product Development and Innovation Management

This course is designed to equip the students with management knowledge that will enable them to apply the hard skills and technical knowledge to innovate and develop new products, upscale and commercialize the prototypes and R&D work through the utilizing of innovation and product development strategies and modern practices.

The content if this course is focused on overview of product development and innovation management, innovation processes, models of innovation, innovation management, innovation and industry, product development concepts, product design conceptualization, product design analysis, design test and evaluation, managing intellectual property.

Reference Books

 Innovation Management and New Product Development 6th Edition by Paul Trott, 2021. Developing New Products and Services by G. Lawrence Sanders, Saylor Foundation 2012.  

1. 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)

2. Applicants having terminal degrees as prescribed in condition no. 01, are required to qualify NTU-GAT (General) test while applicants having different terminal degree are required to qualify NTU-GAT (Subject) test additionally with minimum 50% score  as per HEC.

1. 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)
2.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.
3. The applicant must not be already registered as a student in any other academic program in Pakistan or abroad.

Admission Criteria

Admission merit list will be prepared according to the following criteria.

 MS Polymer Science and Engineering
BS  or Equivalent  60 % weightage
 NTU-GAT (General Test)  30% weightage
 Interview  10% weightage

Fee Structure of Postgraduate Programs for Admission 2023

Programs

Total One Time Dues at Admission (Rupees)

Tuition Fee (1st Semester) (Rupees)

Total Other Charges (Per Semester) (Rupees)

Total 1st Semester Dues (Rupees)

M.S. Polymer Science & Engineering

           32,400

            33,600

             11,000

77,000


Detail of One Time Admission Dues and Other Charges

Particulars 

Rupees 

Admission Fee (Once at admission) 

25,000 

Certificate Verification Fee (Once at admision) 

2,000 

University Security (Refundable) 

5,000 

Red Crescent Donation (Once at admision) 

100 

University Card Fee (Once at admision) 

300 

Library Fee (Per Semester) 

3,000 

Examination Fee (Per Semester)

3,000

Medical Fee (Per Semester)

2,000

Student Activity Fund (Per Semester)

2,000

Endowment Fund (Per Semester)

1,000

Degree Fee (Once in the Last Semester)

5,000

 

Note:

 (i) Tuition Fee will increase @ 2.5% Per Annum in Subsequent Years.

(ii) The Security Deposit is against breakage and/or any other damage caused by the students.

(iii) The Security Deposit is refundable within two year after the completion of degree or leaving the

the University without completion or expulsion from the University. After Two years all the unclaimed

securities will be forfeited.

(iv) If any student fails to submit semester dues till sixth week from the commencement of semester

then the student's admission will be cancelled. Student may sit in mid exam after the payment of

re-admission fee of Rs.15,000/- along with semester dues.