[Summary of the lecture]
This course focuses on basic topics on olefin polymerization catalyzed by heterogeneous and homogeneous metal catalysts. Students will have a chance to learn heterogeneous and homogeneous metal catalysts in olefin polymerization, the relationship between catalyst structure and the stereoregularity of the polymer, and heterogeneity and homogeneity in metal catalysts. For students at the other graduate majors, this course provides opportunity to learn about frontier researches in the fields of polymer science.
[Aim of the lecture]
Polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene have been synthesized by olefin polymerization catalyzed by metal catalysts. This course introduces basics in olefin polymerization catalyzed by heterogeneous and homogeneous metal catalysts and the industrial application of those catalysts.
At the end of this course, students will be able to
(1) explain the basics in olefin polymerization catalyzed by metal catalysts.
(2) explain the characteristics of heterogeneous and homogeneous metal catalysts.
(3) explain the relationships between the structure of catalysts and the stereoregularity of the produced polymer.
Polyolefin, polymerization catalysts, heterogeneous catalysts, homogeneous catalysts, Ziegler-Natta catalysts, metallocene catalysts, stereoregularity, metathesis polymerization
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Basics of olefin polymerization catalyst||Explain the characteristics of polymerization of olefins, and basics in olefin polymerization catalyzed by metal catalysts|
|Class 2||Elementary reactions in olefin polymerization and molecular weight and molecular weight distribution of the produced polymer||Explain the elementary reactions in olefin polymerizations, and their effects on molecular weight and molecular weight distribution of the produced polymer.|
|Class 3||Stereoregularity in olefin polymerization||Explain the stereochemistry of polyolefins, and mechanism for stereoregular chain growth.|
|Class 4||Heterogeneous polymerization catalysts||Explain the characteristics in heterogeneous polymerization catalysts, and mechanism for stereoregular chain growth by using them.|
|Class 5||Homogeneous polymerization catalysts||Explain the characteristics in homogeneous polymerization catalysts, and mechanism of the polymerization catalyzed by them.|
|Class 6||Stereospecific polymerization by homogeneous catalysts||Explain the mechanism of the stereoregular chain growth in olefin polymerization by homogeneous catalysts.|
|Class 7||Polymerization of various hydrocarbon monomers by homogeneous catalysts||Explain the characteristics in polymerization of various hydrocarbon monomers by homogeneous catalysts.|
|Class 8||Metathesis polymerization||Explain the basics and characteristics of metathesis polymerization.|
Catalytic Chemistry (Applied Chemistry Series 6) Takayoshi Uematsu, et al. Asakura Shoten
Precision Polymerization II (Basic Polymer Science 2) Kensuke Naka Ed. Kyoritsu Shuppan
Students will be assessed on exercise problems (50%) and a test (50%).