2019 Soft Materials Function

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Michinobu Tsuyoshi 
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Course description and aims

Organic polymeric materials are an important soft material which supports the next generation industry. This course provides an overview of the history, environmental-benign synthesis, and applications of organic functional polymers. Also, the concept of click chemistry has recently attracted much attention from the viewpoint of efficiently producing functional polymeric materials. The important chemical reactions classified as click chemistry are introduced, and the use in polymer syntheses is explained.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Grasp the basic concept of organic functional polymers and soft materials.
2) Understand the design and synthesis of functional polymeric materials by using living polymerization and click chemistry.
3) Know the evaluation methods of organic functional polymers and soft materials.


Functional polymers, polymer synthesis, living polymerization, click chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Two-thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. To allow students to get a good understanding of the course contents and practical application, recent literature related to the contents of this course is searched.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of Soft Materials Understand the concept of soft materials.
Class 2 Historical Development of Polymer Syntheses Explain the concept and history of polymer syntheses.
Class 3 Development of Living Radical Polymerization Explain the concept and mechanism of living radical polymerization techniques.
Class 4 Click Chemistry Reactions Explain the concept and reactions of click chemistry.
Class 5 Polymer Syntheses Using Click Chemistry Explain polymer syntheses using click chemistry.
Class 6 Properties of Polymers Synthesized by Click Chemistry Explain the properties of polymers synthesized by click chemistry.
Class 7 Applications of Click Chemistry in Functional Materials Explain the application studies of click chemistry in functional materials.
Class 8 Applications of Click Chemistry in Biomaterials Explain the application studies of click chemistry in biomaterials.


No textbook

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in classes are supplied on OCW-i.

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Related courses

  • MAT.P413 : Soft Materials Functional Chemistry

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

Not required.

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