2016 Advanced Polymer Structures II

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Kawauchi Susumu 
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Course description and aims

This course introduces the molecular interactions governing the structure of soft materials including liquid crystals, polymeric materials, and supermolecules.
The molecular interactions play a key role for the formation and control of the molecular structures. This lecture provides understanding the role of the molecular interactions for the structure of soft materials, and how to use quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations for investigating them.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain kinds of molecular interactions and their origin based on quantum mechanics.
2) Explain how the molecular interactions act on the structure formation and control of soft materials.
3) Explain the computational chemistry and its application to the molecular interactions and the soft materials.


Soft materials, intermolecular interaction, intramolecular interaction, supermolecules, computaional chemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course covers structures of soft materials formed by molecular interactions. Students report the related problems for understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Soft materials and molecular interactions Explain soft materials and molecular interactions.
Class 2 Structure organization caused by intramolecular interactions Explain structure organization caused by intramolecular interactions.
Class 3 Structure control by intermolecular interactions Explain sStructure control by intermolecular interactions.
Class 4 Chemistry of supermolecules Explain chemistry of supermolecules.
Class 5 Supermoecules formed by hydrogen bonds Explain supermoecules formed by hydrogen bonds.
Class 6 Supermoecules formed by van der Waals interactions Explain supermoecules formed by van der Waals interactions.
Class 7 Supermoecules formed by charge transfer interactions Explain supermoecules formed by charge transfer interactions.
Class 8 Investigating soft materials by computational chemistry Explain how to investigate soft materials by computational chemistry.


Reference notes will be presented via OCW-i before the respective classes.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Report will be assessed according to the fulfilment degrees of the respective subjects.

Related courses

  • CAP.P424 : Advanced Polymer Structures II

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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