2017 Advanced Course in Macromolecular Materials I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yamamoto Kimihisa  Imaoka Takane 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] Relationships with other chemistry fields (organic chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, chemical engineering and energy conversion) will also be discussed. This course deals with macromolecular chemistry focusing on the structure and shape of molecules together with their functionalities. Topics partly include frontier molecular sciences involving linear polymers, branched polymers, hyperbranch, dendrimers, graft polymers, block plymers and supramolecular polymers.
[Aim of the course] The goal of this course is understanding the cutting-edge chemical science and technology through an interdisciplinary learning. This course also aims to provide practical methods for the macromolecular functionality design.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain synthetic methods and typical functionalities of various macromolecules with different topologies.
2) Explain how the topologies and rigidities of macromolecular backbones affects the higher-order structures and functionalities of the molecules.
3) Explain the relationship between the fundamental properties (physical properties, solution properties and reactivities) and the structures (molecular structures and higher-order structures).


linear polymers, branched polymers, hyperbranch, dendrimers, graft polymers, block plymers and supramolecular polymers

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

(1) Review on the basic macromolecular chemistry, (2) Introduction of some examples about macromolecular chemistry applications, (3) Homework assignment, (4) Discussions and workshops, (5) Descriptions about the workshops, (6) Checking the understanding

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Linear polymers Explain the connectivity between each monomer in a linear polymer
Class 2 Branched polymers Hyperbranch polymer, Dendrimer Explain the structural variation by introducing branching monomers in a polymer
Class 3 Macromolecules with unique structures Graft polymer, Block polymer, Cyclic polymer, Supramolecular polymer Explain the characteristic of macromolecules with unique connectivities.
Class 4 Structures and properties of polymers Solution properties, fluidity Explain the solution properties of variou s macromolecules.
Class 5 Higher-order structures of polymers Explain the higher-order structures found in synthetic and natural polymer materials.
Class 6 Structural characterization of polymers Explain general methods for the structural characterization of polymers.
Class 7 Supramolecular polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid polymers Explain macromolecules with non-covalent bondings and their applications.
Class 8 Functional polymers Explain applications of the macromolecular materials in terms of their structures.


Course materials will be served in the class

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Course materials will be served in the class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of macromolecular materials with unique structures will be assessed.
Final exams 50%, exercise problems 50%.

Related courses

  • CAP.I549 : Advanced Course in Macromolecular Materials II

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

Having knowledge about basic macromolecular chemistry is preferred.

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