2018 Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ishizone Takashi 
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Course description and aims

In this lecture, various chain-growth polymerizations including addition polymerization of vinyl monomers and ring-opening polymerization of cyclic monomers will be explained. In addition, the mechanisms of radical, cationic, anionic, and coordination polymerizations will be treated.
Students learn that fundamentals of chain-growth polymerization and polymers obtained by chain polymerization. Students also acquire ability to explain the polymerization mechanism of chain-growth polymerization in addition to that of step-growth polymerization.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this lecture, students will acquire the following ability:
1) Ability to explain chain-growth polymerization including addition polymerization of vinyl monomers and ring-opening polymerization of cyclic monomers.
2) Ability to explain the mechanisms of radical, cationic, anionic, and coordination polymerizations.
3) Ability to explain the difference between chain-growth polymerization and step-growth polymerization.


Chain-growth polymerization, Step-growth polymerization, Radical polymerization, Ionic polymerization, Copolymerization, Anionic polymerization, Cationic polymerization, Coordination polymerization, Ring-opening polymerization, Living polymerization, Initiation, Propagation, Termination, Chain transfer, Molecular weight, Molecular weight distribution, Tacticity, End-functionality

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) fundamentals of chain-growth polymerization, (2) radical polymerization, (3) ionic polymerization. On the last day, practice problems will be carried out to confirm the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Chain-growth polymerization and step-growth polymerization Explain the difference between chain-growth and step-growth polymerizations.
Class 2 Mechanism of chain-growth polymerization Explain mechanism of chain-growth polymerization.
Class 3 Radical polymerization-1 Explain radical polymerization.
Class 4 Radical polymerization-2 Explain radical polymerization.
Class 5 Radical copolymerization Explain radical copolymerization.
Class 6 Cationic polymerization Explain cationic polymerization.
Class 7 Anionic polymerization Explain anionic polymerization.
Class 8 Coordination polymerization Explain coordination polymerization.


Basic Polymer Science, Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN4-8079-0635-6

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Basic master series: Polymer Chemistry, Tadatomi Nishikubo Ed., Ohmusha, ISBN978-4-274-21000-6

Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding (90%), level of class participation (10%) (The level of class participation will be evaluated by discussion, brief examination in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • CAP.P211 : Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)
  • CAP.B211 : Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes) (Chemical Science and Engineering)
  • CAP.B212 : Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes)
  • CAP.B213 : Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds)

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

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes) (Chemical Science and Engineering), Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes), Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds), Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization).

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

Takashi Ishizone: tishizon[at]polymer.titech.ac.jp

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