9 January 2024




Select your RPK module

In the past, the field of polymer science and technology was divided into two distinct topics: polymer production, i.e., chemistry, and polymer processing, to generate end-products. Today, however, there is a strong tendency towards what may be called molecularisation, that is, gaining an understanding of the macroscopic properties of polymeric materials in terms of the structure and interactions between the molecules that make up these materials. The aim is to purposefully design polymeric materials with predictable properties. This requires a multidisciplinary approach to polymer science and technology.

The modular RPK-programme is an innovative educational tool offering MSc, PhD and PDEng students, post-doctoral research assistants, university staff and industrial researchers with a deeper knowledge and understanding of polymeric materials throughout the entire chain-of-knowledge. The large number of invited lecturers from all disciplines of polymer science and technology that offer courses in the various modules make use of review articles and dedicated lecture notes, in cases in combination with the very best textbooks in the field. Each module in the RPK-programme can be taken as a stand-alone, advanced post-graduate course for researchers and engineers interested in polymer-based materials. To take advantage of the overarching multidisciplinary goal of the programme, we advise interested parties to follow a minimum of three out of four modules.

RegisterPolymeerkundige (Register Polymer Expert)
When you have passed four RPK modules (A, B, C and D) you will be officially registered as a ‘RegisterPolymeerKundige’.
Since the introduction of the modular RPK-course in 1993, over 140 participants have obtained the RPK-title.

Future Outlook
RPK-A: 05 April - 21 June 2024 (8 Fridays)
RPK-B:  Autumn 2024 (10 Fridays)
RPK-C:  Spring 2025 (9 Fridays)
RPK-D:  Autumn 2025 (9 Fridays)