2020 Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Satoh Kotaro 
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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.

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.


Basic Polymer Science, Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN9784807909629

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

The score was accumulatively evaluated by practice problems for confirming the level of understanding, reports, and final exams.

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).

Kotaro Satoh: satoh[at]cap.mac.titech.ac.jp

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