2021 Environmentally-Friendly Polymer Chemistry

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Satoh Kotaro 
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Course description and aims

In this class, we will study about environmentally-friendly polymers from viewpoint of chemistry. Especially, the relationship between energy/environmental problems and polymer materials will be discussed. The purpose of this class is to review on basical knowledge about polymer synthesis and manufacturing to study environment benign materials and cutting-edge research, as well as to deepen the understanding of the strategy for developing new materials.

Student learning outcomes

While polymer materials are widely used in our daily life, environmental problems such as marine pollution have been seious in recent years. This class deals the relationship between energy/environmental issues and polymer materials, focusing on biodegradable and/or bio-based polymer materials. We will also look back on the fundamental polymer science to understand the production and applications of the environmentally-friendly polymers.


Polymer Chemistry, Environment Benign Materials, Recycles, Biodegradable Polymer, Bio-Based Polymer, Precision Polymerization

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed according to the contents of the handouts, which will be distributed at the beginning of the class when required.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Polymers in Our Daily Life and Energy/Environmental Issues Expalin the relationship between polymers in our daily life and energy/environmental issues
Class 2 Recyle of Polymers Expalin the current state of recycle of polymer materials
Class 3 Biodegradable Polymers Expalin various biodegradable polymers
Class 4 Bio-Based Polymers Expalin various bio-based polymers
Class 5 Precision Polymerization and Bio-Based Polymers 1 Review precision polymerization and expalin the development of bio-based polymers thereof
Class 6 Precision Polymerization and Bio-Based Polymers 2 Review precision polymerization and expalin the development of bio-based polymers thereof
Class 7 Other Environmentally-Friendly Polymers Expalin other environmentally-friendly polymers.
Class 8 Summary Expalin the summary the class.

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.


Nothing to be specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

The handouts will be distributed in the class when required.

Assessment criteria and methods

The score will be determined mainly by reports.

Related courses

  • CAP.P211 : Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)
  • CAP.P212 : Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)
  • CAP.P411 : Advanced Polymer Synthesis I

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

It is desirable that students have taken lectures related to synthetic chemistry and organic chemistry of polymers, or have equivalent knowledge.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Kotaro Satoh

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