2022 Organic and Polymer Chemistry

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Tsuge Takeharu  Hayashi Tomohiro 
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Mon1-2(S7-201)  Thr1-2(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This course is an introduction to the field of polymer science, providing an overview of the synthesis, structure and properties of polymers. In addition, this course is to explain topics of high performance polymers, functional polymers, natural polymeric compounds, and bio-polymers.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the basic reaction in polymer synthesis.
2) Describe the structures of polymers.
3) Explain the basic concept of polymer solution
4) Explain the relation between structures and properties of polymers.
5) Describe the various properties of polymers.
6) Explain high-performance polymers and functional polymers.
7) Explain bio-polymers.


Polymer, Structure, Synthesis, Properties. High performance polymers, Functional polymers, Bio-polymers, natural polymeric compounds

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Explain using handouts and slides.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Study about introduction of polymer, history and types of polymer.
Class 2 Molecuar and solid state structure of polymer Explain chemical structures, configiration, micro-structure, and crystal structure of polymers
Class 3 Thermal property of polymer Explain melting temperature and glass transition temperature of polymers.
Class 4 Polymer in solution Study about theory of polymer solution and size of polymer and thermodynamic for polymer solution.
Class 5 Polymer molecular weight Study about calculation of molecular weigiht, mass analysis, and gel permeation chromatography
Class 6 Characterization of polymer crystals Study about the methods to analyze polymer crystals.
Class 7 Polymer synthesis (poly-condensation, poly-addition, addition-condensation) Study about reaction of poly-condensation, poly-addition and addition-condensation.
Class 8 Polymer synthesis (radical polymerization, ionic polymerization) Study about dynamics of radical polymerization, co-polymerization, anionic and cationic polymerization, co-ordination polymerization and living polymerization.
Class 9 Biomacromolecules Study about natural polymeric compounds, biopolymers
Class 10 Properties of polymer Study about opitical and electric properties of polymers.
Class 11 Properties of poymer Study about physical properties of polymer, creep, stress relaxation, and rubber elasticity.
Class 12 High-performance polymers and functional polymers (1) Study about high performance commodity plastics, composite materials, conductive polymers, recycle of plastics.
Class 13 High-performance polymers and functional polymers (2) Study about biocompatible polymers and interface between polymers and living tissues.
Class 14 Review Brush up on this course

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.


Course materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Non required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of final examination.

Related courses

  • None

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

Non prerequisites.

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

Takeharu Tsuge
tsuge.t.aa[at]titech.ac.jp, 045-924-5420
Tomohiro Hayashi
hayashi[at]echem.titech.ac.jp, 045-924-5400

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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