2021 Elements of Polymer Science I

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ishizone Takashi  Otsuka Hideyuki  Serizawa Takeshi  Konishi Gennichi 
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Course description and aims

This course introduces the fundamentals and recent advances of polymer synthesis and polymer reaction. Students will learn the synthetic methods of polymers and polymer reactions. Moreover, this course provides an opportunity to learn about frontier researches in the fields related to polymer chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) Explain the concepts of step- and chain-polymerizations. 2) Explain the fundamentals of polymer reaction. 3) Explain unique structured polymers. 4) Explain functional polymers.


Polymer synthesis, Polymer reaction, Polymer materials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The detailed contents of the classes will be delivered using Zoom. Every time, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General Introduction General Introduction
Class 2 Polymer synthesis (step polymerization) Explain polycondensation.
Class 3 Polymer synthesis (chain polymerization) Explain chain polymerization.
Class 4 Polymer synthesis (living polymerization) Explain living polycondensation.
Class 5 Polymer synthesis (unique structured polymers) Explain synthesis and properties of unique structured polymers.
Class 6 Polymer reaction Explain polymer reaction.
Class 7 Functional Polymer Explain functional polymers.
Class 8 Summary Excise

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Fundamental Polymer Science (in Japanese) Tokyo Kagaku Dojin

Reference books, course materials, etc.

From Monomer to Materials: Polymer Science (in Japanese) Maruzen Publisher

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercises (50%) and Report (50%)

Related courses

  • CAP.P211 : Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)
  • CAP.P212 : Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)
  • CAP.P311 : Polymer Chemistry III (Polymer Reactions)
  • 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)

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

Fundamentals of organic chemistry and polymer chemistry.



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