2019 Introduction to Polymer Science

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Tomita Ikuyoshi  Imaoka Takane 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(G114)  
Group
-
Course number
CAP.I426
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/8
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course introduces the fundamentals of polymer synthesis, especially step-growth polymerization, and also covers the historical aspects of polymer science. Students will learn the basic properties of polymers and the concept of molecular weights in polymer science.
For students of other graduate majors, this course provides an opportunity to learn about frontier researches in the fields related to polymer chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the definition of polymers and the historical aspects of polymer science.
2) Explain the features of polymers including molecular weights.
3) Explain polycondensation, polyaddition and addition-condensation.
4) Explain the basic properties of polymer solutions and polymer solids.
5) Explain process chemistry for polymers.

Keywords

History of polymer science、Molecular weight、Molecular weight distribution、Primary structure, Higher-order structure, Step‐growth polymerization、Polycondensation、Polyaddition、Addition-condensation、Phase transition

Competencies that will be developed

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

Lecture and excise

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of polymer science Explain the definition of polymers.
Class 2 Structures and molecular weight of polymers Explain the structures, molecular weights and polydispersity index.
Class 3 Characterization of polymers Explain the measurement methods of molecular weights for polymer materials (GPC, Light scattering).
Class 4 General introduction to polymer synthesis1 Explain the features of step-growth polymerization, polyaddition, addition-condensation and the reactions of polymers.
Class 5 General introduction to polymer synthesis2 Explain chain polymerization.
Class 6 Properties of polymer solutions Explain the behaviors of polymers in a solution using a simple model.
Class 7 Properties of polymer solids Explain the behaviors of polymers in the solid state materials.
Class 8 Process chemistry for polymers Explain process chemistry for polymers.

Textbook(s)

To be announced.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of polymer science and synthesis. Final exam 80%, exercise problems 20%.

Related courses

  • CAP.I427 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • CAP.I436 : Introduction to Polymer Physical Properties I
  • CAP.I437 : Introduction to Polymer Physical Properties II

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

Fundamentals of organic chemistry

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