2021 Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Konishi Gennichi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of polymer synthesis (step-growth polymerization) and a guidance of polymer science including history, sturcture, properties and industrial applications.
During this lecture, students understand significant topics of step-growth polymerization. Moreover,students should explain importances of modern artifical polymer such as PET, phenolic resin, epoxy resin, polyurethane, kevler.

Student learning outcomes

Students will lean to do the followings; 1.The history of polymers; 2.The charactristics of polymer; 3. Molecular weight of polymers; 4. Polycondensation (synthetic method); 5.Condensation polymers and engineering plastic; 6.Polyaddtion (Polyurethane and its network polymer); 7. Addtion-condensation (Phenolic resin); 8.Process chemistry of polymer synthesis.


History of polymer、Molecular weight、Molecular weight distribution、Step‐growth polymerization、Polycondensation、Polyaddition、Addition-condensation、Engineering plastic

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lecture and excise

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of polymer Explain the histry of polymers
Class 2 Characteristics of polymers Explain the characteristic of polymers (structures and propeties)
Class 3 Molecular weight of polymers Explain the molecular weight of polymers
Class 4 Polycondensation Explain the polycondensation
Class 5 Polycondensation, Engineering plastic Explain the polycondensation, Engineering plastic
Class 6 Polyaddtion Explain the polyaddtion (synthesis and properties of polyurethane and its network polymer)
Class 7 Addtion-condensation Explain the addtion-condensaion and phenolic resin
Class 8 Process chemistry on polymer synthesis Explain the process chemistry of condensation polymer (common organic polymer and engineering plastic)

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Textbook: Hiromo Kitano et. al., "Polymer Chemistry", Sankyo Pub., 2007.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of polymer science and synthesis. Final exams 40%, exercise problems 40%.

Related courses

  • GRC.B104 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • CAP.B211 : Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes) (Chemical Science and Engineering)
  • CAP.B212 : Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes)
  • CAP.B213 : Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds)
  • CAP.B214 : Organic Chemistry IV (Nucleophilic Substitution)

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

Organic Chemistry I, II

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