2020 Special Lecture on Characterization of Polymer Structures and Properties

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Ando Shinji 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Fri3-4(S321)  
Group
-
Course number
CAP.P421
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The correlations between the higher-order structures and physical properties of polymer materials in solids are overviewed, and the thermal, optical, and electrical properties of functional polymers are explained in detail based on their analytical methods based on preparations and mutual presentations among students. In addition, recent advances in such functional polymer materials and their applications are introduced.
For the development of novel polymeric functional materials, deep understanding on the so-called "Structure-Property relationships" of solid polymers is essential. This lecture aims to give fundamental knowledge to understand the"Structure-Property relationships" based on the latest analytical methods and to afford the essential viewpoint and methodology to facilitate the material design of polymeric functional materials.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the analytical and structural characterization methods and the details of 'the structure-property relationships' of polymers in solids.
2) Acquire expertise on applied physical properties (thermal properties, optical properties, and electrical/electronic properties ) of functional polymer materials based on their analytical methods.
3) Understand the latest trends of functional polymers as well as those based on organic/inorganic hybrid material technology and nanotechnology

Keywords

Analytical methods for physical properties of polymers and Higher order structures of polymers (Crystal, Liquid crystal, Amorphous, Single crystal, Spherulites, Micro-phase separation, Crosslink structure, Surface and Interfacial Structures)
Applied properties of functional polymers (Thermal, Optical, and Electrical/Electronic properties)

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Polymer materials of which the application properties are highly controlled are referred to as "high- functional polymers", which is the result of state-of-the-art materials chemistry. In every lectures, not only describes the basics of individual properties, the details of various instrumental analyses (characteristic analytical methods) which are indispensable to understand these properties are explained and studied based on preparations and mutual presentations among students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Applied physical properties and higher-order structures of polymer solids (Introduction) Application of computer science to functional polymer design Understand the classification and characteristic of hierarchic structures of polymers solids, Understand the application of computer science to functional polymer design
Class 2 Thermal properties of the polymers ( local motion and mechanical relaxation, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric conversion, refractive index, birefringence, wavelength dispersion, temperature dependency of the optical properties) Understand the optical properties of polymers and related functional analysis methods
Class 3 New analysis methods for development of polyimide / nano-hybrid optical / electronic functional materials Understand the new analytical methods for developing optical and electronic functional materials
Class 4 Group work on polymer characterization and physical property analyses from Fundamentals to Applications I Understand the polymer characterization and physical property analyses via group work & discussion
Class 5 Group work on polymer characterization and physical property analyses from Fundamentals to Applications II Understand the polymer characterization and physical property analyses via group work & discussion
Class 6 Group work on polymer characterization and physical property analyses from Fundamentals to Applications III Understand the polymer characterization and physical property analyses via group work & discussion
Class 7 Group work on polymer characterization and physical property analyses from Fundamentals to Applications IV Understand the polymer characterization and physical property analyses via group work & discussion

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

Course materials (PDF files) are provided prior to lectures via OCW-i

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Matsushita, Kanaya, Watanabe, Shimomura, Sato, Ito, Tanaka, and Inoue, 'Structure and Properties of Polymers', Tokyo: Kodansha; ISBN-13: 978-4061543805.(Japanese)
Society of Polymer Science Japan Ed., 'Fundamental Polymer Science', Tokyo Kagaku Dojin; ISBN-13: 978-4807906352 .(Japanese)
Nishioka Ed., 'Introduction of Polymer Analysis', Tokyo: Kodansha; ISBN-13: 978-4061543607. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

The level of understanding of the lecture content is evaluated by quizzes for each lecture. The evaluations of group discussions are based on mutual evaluation of the distribution materials, presentaion slides, presentation contents and clarity, and their contribution to the Q & A session.

Related courses

  • CAP.P422 : Advanced Polymer Properties II
  • CAP.P423 : Advanced Polymer Structures I
  • CAP.P424 : Advanced Polymer Structures II
  • CAP.P521 : Advanced Polymer Physics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have successfully completed CAP.P221:Polymer Physics I (Polymer Solutions) - CAP.P224:Polymer Physics IV (Applied Physical Properties) or have equivalent knowledge.

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