2020 Polymer Characterization

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ando Shinji  Tokita Masatoshi  Furuya Hidemine 
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Course description and aims

This course covers important basic knowledge, measurement methods, principles of apparatuses, and detailed analysis methods of infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the characterization of polymer compounds. The instructor assigns exercise problems for the analysis of various measurements, and students develop the ability to apply it when actually performing the experimental measurements.
Characterization is essential when synthesizing organic materials, including polymeric compounds, and examining their structure and physical properties. Students will acquire the ability to apply various measurements and analyze the obtained measured results for the determination of molecular structures and assembled structures for polymers. Students will gain an understanding of how the characteristic properties of polymers appear in various measurements.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) Explain the fundamentals of spectroscopy.
2) Understand Infrared spectroscopy, and interpret the spectrum.
3) Explain the basis of X-ray diffraction, and understand measurement results.
4) Explain the principle of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and analyze the spectrum.


Spectroscopic Analysis, Spectrum, Infrared Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In each class, the instructor explains basic knowledge by Zoom. In each class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day in order to ensure understanding of the course content and develop their ability to solve problems.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of Spectroscopy, UV/Visible Absorption and Fluorescence Spectroscopy (Shinji Ando) Explain fundamentals of spectroscopic analyses and UV/visible absorption/fluorescence spectroscopy
Class 2 Infrared Spectroscopy I (Shinji Ando) Explain basics of infrared spectroscopy
Class 3 Infrared Spectroscopy II, Raman Spectroscopy (Shinji Ando) Explain applied infrared spectroscopy, polarized infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy
Class 4 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Overview and Principle, Chemical Shift, and Spin Coupling. (Hidemine Furuya) Explain measurement principles and methods, apparatuses, chemical shift, and spin coupling.
Class 5 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Spectral Analysis. (Hidemine Furuya) Explain spectral analysis and solve exercise problems.
Class 6 X-ray Diffraction: Diffraction Condition and Reciprocal Lattice. (Masatoshi Tokita) Explain diffraction condition and reciprocal lattice.
Class 7 X-ray Diffraction: Diffraction Intensity, Structure Factor, and Extinction Rule. (Masatoshi Tokita) Explain and derive diffraction intensity, structure factor, and extinction rule.

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.


Ogawa, Keiichiro. Kanbara, Kazuhisa. Murada, Shigeru. Spectral Analysis of Organic Compounds to Learn the Basics, Tokyo Kagaku Doujin, ISBN978-4-8079-0685-7 (in Japanese), and materials are provided during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Chihara, Hideaki. Nakamura, Norio. Trans. P. Atkins, J. de Pauls, Physical Chemistry, Eight Ed. Tokyo Kagaku Doujin, ISBN978-4-8079-0696-3 (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge for fundamentals of various spectroscopies and analysis methods will be assessed.
Final exams 80%, exercise problems 20%.

Related courses

  • CAP.P221 : Polymer Physics I (Polymer Solutions)
  • CAP.P222 : Polymer Physics II (Solid Structures)
  • CAP.P322 : Polymer Physics IV (Physical Properties)
  • CAP.P361 : Polymer Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CAP.P362 : Polymer Chemistry Laboratory II

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in courses related to quantum chemistry, physical chemistry, and polymer science (structures and physical properties) is desirable.

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