2019 Advanced Polymer Synthesis I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ishizone Takashi 
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Course description and aims

In this lecture, various living polymerizations and controls of primary structures of polymers will be explained. In particular, the mechanisms of living polymerizations, such as living radical, living cationic, living anionic, and living coordination polymerizations, will be treated.
Students learn that fundamentals and history of living polymerization and controls of primary structures of polymers. Students also acquire ability to explain the polymerization mechanism of living polymerization to synthesize end-functionalized polymers and block copolymers.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this lecture, students will acquire the following ability:
1) Ability to explain controls of primary structures of polymers.
2) Ability to explain the mechanisms of living polymerizations, such as living radical, living cationic, living anionic, and living coordination polymerizations.
3) Ability to explain the synthetic methods of end-functionalized polymers and block copolymers using living polymerizations.


Living polymerization, Primary structure, Living radical polymerization, Living anionic polymerization, Living cationic polymerization, Living coordination polymerization, Chain-growth polymerization, Addition polymerization, Ring-opening polymerization, Block copolymerization, End-functionalization, Initiation, Propagation, Termination, Chain transfer, Molecular weight, Molecular weight distribution, Tacticity, End-functionality

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This lecture will proceed in the following order: (1) Fundamentals of polymer synthesis, (2) Control of primary structures of polymer, (3) Explanation of various living polymerizations. On the last day, Practice problems will be carried out to confirm the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General introduction of polymer synthesis Explain the fundamentals of polymer synthesis.
Class 2 Control of primary structures of polymer Explain the control of primary structures of polymer.
Class 3 Living radical polymerization 1: history of development Explain the history of living radical polymerization.
Class 4 Living radical polymerization 2: fundamental reactions in polymerization Explain the fundamental reactions in living radical polymerization.
Class 5 Living anionic polymerization Explain living anionic polymerization.
Class 6 Living cationic polymerization Explain living cationic polymerization.
Class 7 Group transfer polymerization (GTP), Immortal polymerization, Coordination polymerization Explain group transfer polymerization (GTP), immortal polymerization, coordination polymerization.
Class 8 Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and practice problems Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Basic master series: Polymer Chemistry, Tadatomi Nishikubo Ed., Ohmusha, ISBN978-4-274-21000-6
One point 2, Precision Polymerization II: Ionic, Coordination, Ring-Opening, Step-Growth Polymerization, SPSJ、ISBN-13: 978-4320044364

Assessment criteria and methods

Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding (90%), level of class participation (10%) (The level of class
participation will be evaluated by discussion, brief examination in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • 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)
  • CAP.B315 : Organic Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds)
  • CAP.B316 : Organic Chemistry VI (Amines)
  • CAP.P211 : Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)
  • CAP.P212 : Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)

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

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Organic Chemistry I (Alkanes) (Chemical Science and Engineering), Organic Chemistry II (Alkenes), Organic Chemistry III (Aromatic Compounds), Organic Chemistry IV (Nucleophilic Substitution), Chemistry V (Carbonyl Compounds), Chemistry V (Amines), Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization), and Polymer Chemistry II (Chain-Growth Polymerization).

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takashi Ishizone: tishizon[at]polymer.titech.ac.jp

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