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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

Adhesion and joining of materials
Master in Materials Science

Adhesion is critical in most of materials when processes involving corrosion, adsorption, surface contamination and catalysis are important. Adhesion principles allow design the processing of materials and durability, ageing or degradation can be controlled. On the other hand, the joining of materials needs the input of the principles of Adhesion for assuring adequate performance in several applications in building and construction, transportation vehicles, alternative energy systems, plastics and lamination, packaging, footwear and electronic industry among other.

To the best of our knowledge, there is no courses dealing with joining of materials nor in the formulation and design of adhesives, these aspects are currently essential in Comunidad Valenciana and in the Spanish and European industry as well.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences:>>specialisation

  • CEE11 : Understand different materials with applications in photonics and the optical effects on which said applications are based.
  • CEE15 : Understand the principles of conductive polymer chemistry, methods of synthesis, properties and applications.
  • CEE16 : Understand the fundamentals of polymer science (chemical foundations and characterisation) and their application to the field of adhesives.
  • CEE17 : Understand concepts of the formulation, properties and applications of adhesives, coatings and sealants.
  • CEE28 : Understand the techniques for analysing polymer materials.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

Los derivados del contenido de cada asignatura y los relacionados con las competencias de especialización indicadas y con las competencias generales y básicas del título.



Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

1- To explain the basic principles of adhesion.

2- Distinction among adhesives, coatings and sealants.

3- Description of the kind of surface treatments of materials for improving adhesion. Design of adhesive joints from adhesion mechanisms.

4- Apply the adhesion concepts to different joints of materials for different applications (footwear, construction, medicine, packaging, etc).

Basic references :

I. Skeist. "Handbook of Adhesives". Van Nostrand, NJ, USA. 1990.

A.J. Kinloch. Adhesion and Adhesives. Science and Technology. Chapman and Hall, London. 1987.




Code: 35837
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 3,00
Theoretical credits: 0,80
Practical credits: 0,40
Distance-base hours: 1,80

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 0,8
    Practical credits: 0,4
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught