2016 Advanced Polymer Properties I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ando Shinji 
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Course description and aims

The correlations between the higher-order structures and physical properties of polymer materials in solids are overviewed, and the thermal, optical, and electrical properties of functional polymers are explained in detail based on their analytical methods. In addition, recent advances in such functional polymer materials and their applications are introduced.
For the development of novel polymeric functional materials, deep understanding on the so-called "Structure-Property relationships" of solid polymers is essential. This lecture aims to give fundamental knowledge to understand the"Structure-Property relationships" based on the latest analytical methods and to afford the essential viewpoint and methodology to facilitate the material design of polymeric functional materials.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the details of 'the structure-property relationships' of polymers in solids.
2) Acquire expertise on applied physical properties (thermal properties, optical properties, and electrical/electronic properties ) of functional polymer materials based on their analytical methods.
3) Understand the latest trends of functional polymers as well as those based on organic/inorganic hybrid material technology and nanotechnology


Higher order structures of polymers (Crystal, Liquid crystal, Amorphous, Single crystal, Spherulites, Micro-phase separation, Crosslink structure, Surface and Interfacial Structures)
Applied properties of functional polymers (Thermal, Optical, and Electrical/Electronic properties)
Analytical methods for physical properties of polymers

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Polymer materials of which the application properties are highly controlled are referred to as "high- functional polymers", which is the result of state-of-the-art materials chemistry. In every lectures, not only describes the basics of individual properties, the details of various instrumental analyses (characteristic analytical methods) which are indispensable to understand these properties are explained.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Applied physical properties and higher-order structures of polymer solids (Introduction) Understand the classification and characteristic of hierarchic structures of polymers solids
Class 2 Thermal properties of the polymers ( local motion and mechanical relaxation, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, and thermoelectric conversion) Understand the applied thermal properties of polymers
Class 3 Optical properties of polymers I (refractive index, birefringence, wavelength dispersion, temperature dependency of the optical properties) Understand the fundamental optical properties of polymers
Class 4 Optical properties of polymers II (light transmission, fluorescence, phosphorescence, wavelength conversion, and optical wave control) Understand the applied optical properties of polymers
Class 5 Electrical and electronic properties of polymers I (dielectric dispersion, electronic conduction, ferroelectrics and liquid crystals) Understand the fundamental electrical and electronic properties of polymers
Class 6 Electrical and electronic properties of polymers II (photo-conduction, semiconductor properties of pai-conjugated polymers, and photoelectric conversion) Understand the applied electrical and electronic properties of polymers
Class 7 Physical properties and functional control of polymers based on Hybrid Technology Understand the hybrid technology of polymers
Class 8 Physical properties and functional control of polymers based on Nanotechnology Understand the nanotechnology of polymers


Course materials (PDF files) are provided prior to lectures via OCW-i

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Matsushita, Kanaya, Watanabe, Shimomura, Sato, Ito, Tanaka, and Inoue, 'Structure and Properties of Polymers', Tokyo: Kodansha; ISBN-13: 978-4061543805.(Japanese)
Society of Polymer Science Japan Ed., 'Fundamental Polymer Science', Tokyo Kagaku Dojin; ISBN-13: 978-4807906352 .(Japanese)
Nishioka Ed., 'Introduction of Polymer Analysis', Tokyo: Kodansha; ISBN-13: 978-4061543607. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of lecture contents and their ability to apply them to solve problems.

Related courses

  • CAP.P422 : Advanced Polymer Properties II
  • CAP.P423 : Advanced Polymer Structures I
  • CAP.P424 : Advanced Polymer Structures II
  • CAP.P521 : Advanced Polymer Physics

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

Students must have successfully completed CAP.P221:Polymer Physics I (Polymer Solutions) and CAP.P222:Polymer Physics I (Polymer Structures in Solids) or have equivalent knowledge.

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