2016 Polymer Characterization II

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Polymer Chemistry
Kawauchi Susumu  Nojima Shuichi  Furuya Hidemine  Tokita Masatoshi  Nakajima Ken 
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Course description and aims

This course covers important basic knowledge, methods of measurements, principle of apparatus, and detailed analysis of two-dimensional NMR, thermal analysis, scattering technique, microscopy, computational chemistry for characterization of polymer compounds. Exercise problems for the analysis of various measurements are given for understanding how to use them.

The characterization is essential for synthesis of organic materials, including polymeric compounds, and examining the structure and physical properties. Students will learn how to use various measurements and analyze the measured results for determining polymer structures.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Explain the two-dimensional NMR.
2) Explain thermal analysis
3) Explain scattering technique.
4) Explain microscopy.
5) Explain computational chemistry


Two-dimensional NMR, thermal analysis, scattering technique, microscopy, computational chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In each class, the basic knowledge is explained. Exercise problems are given to ensure understanding of the course content.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Two-dimensional NMR measurements (Hidemine Furuya) Explain fundamentals and spectrum analysis of two dimensional NMR measurements
Class 2 Thermal analysis I (Masatoshi Tokita) Understand the definition of thermal analysis and the measurement principle of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Determine the temperature, enthalpy, entropy of phase transitions, heat capacity, strength of enthalpy relaxation by DSC.
Class 3 Thermal analysis II (Masatoshi Tokita) Consider polymer properties measured by thermal analysis techniques in relation to polymer structures.
Class 4 Scattering technique I (Shuichi Nojima) Understand the principle of "scattering technique" to examine the structure and morphology formed in polymer systems.
Class 5 Scattering technique II (Shuichi Nojima) Understand the relation between scattering techniques (light, X-ray, or neutron) and polymer structures.
Class 6 Microscopy I (Ken Nakajima) Understand a wide variety of microscopy together with their application examples to polymeric materials.
Class 7 Microscopy II (Ken Nakajima) Understand the basic principle of atomic force microscopy together with its application examples to polymeric materials.
Class 8 Computational Chemistry (Susumu Kawauchi) Understand the role of computational chemistry on investigating polymer science.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference notes will be presented via OCW-i before the respective classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on final exams (80%) and exercise problems (20%).

Related courses

  • CAP.P341 : Polymer Characterization
  • CAP.P361 : Polymer Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CAP.P362 : Polymer Chemistry Laboratory II

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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