2016 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry I

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

This course introduces the fundamentals of polymer synthesis, especially step-growth polymerization, and also covers the historical aspects of polymer science. Students will learn the basic properties of polymers and the concept of molecular weights in polymer science.
For students at the other graduate majors, this course provides opportunity to learn about frontier researches in the fields of polymer chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the deficition of polymers and the historical aspects of polymer science.
2) Explain the features of polymers including molecular weights.
3) Explain polycondensation, polyaddition and addition-condensation.
4) Explain process chemistry for polymers.


History of polymer science、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 science Explain the definition of polymers.
Class 2 Features of polymers Explain the relationship between the structure and properties of polymers.
Class 3 Molecular weights of polymers Explain the molecular weights and polydispersity index.
Class 4 General introduction to polymer synthesis Explain the features of step-growth polymerization and chain polymerization.
Class 5 Polycondensation Explain polycondensation and engineering plastics.
Class 6 Polyaddition Explain polyaddition, in particular polyurethane and network polymers.
Class 7 Addition-condensation Explain addition-condensation, particularly phenol resin.
Class 8 Process chemistry for polymers Explain process chemistry for polymers.


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Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of polymer science and synthesis. Final exam 80%, exercise problems 20%.

Related courses

  • CAP.T403 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry II
  • CAP.T402 : Introduction to Polymer Physics II
  • CAP.T404 : Introduction to Polymer Physics II

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

Fundamentals of organic chemistry

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