2021 Elements of Polymer Science II

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ando Shinji  Nakajima Ken  Tokita Masatoshi  Furuya Hidemine  Ishige Ryohei  Liang Xiaobin 
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Course description and aims

This course introduces recent polymer science studies performed in Tokyo Tech with reviewing the fundamentals of polymer structures and properties.
Students will understand the importance of the fundamentals of polymer structure and properties in polymer science and have the chance to understand the aims of graduate major courses on polymer science prior to their attending the lectures.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the fundamentals on polymer structures and properties.
2) Understand and explain recent advances in polymer science based on the fundamentals on polymer structures and properties.


Polymer structure, Polymer property, Polymer characterization, Polymer simulation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, the fundamentals on polymer structures and properties are exlained, and then recent advances in polymer science are explained.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Polymer chain structure and transition behavior (Hidemine Furuya) Explain chain conformation and structure transition.
Class 2 Controlling the orientation of polymers in the liquid crystalline state (Masatoshi Tokita) Explain the structures and orientations of polymer liquid crystals.
Class 3 Thermal properties and structures of liquid crystalline polymers (Masatoshi Tokita) Explain the relationships between thermal properties and structures of liquid crystalline polymers
Class 4 Structure-physical property relationships for optical-functional polymers and application for wavelength conversion materials (Shinji Ando) Explain the structure and properties of optical-functional polymers.
Class 5 Analysis methods of the structures of polymers Explain methods to analyze polymer structures.
Class 6 Nanomecanical properties of polymer alloys and composites (Ken Nakjima) Explain basics of polymer alloys and composites and their nanomechanical properties.
Class 7 Analysis methods of the physical properties of polymers Explain methods to analyze the physical properties of polymers.

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.


Materials are provided during class or uploaded on OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Society of Polymer Science, Japan eds. Kisokoubunshikagaku, Tokyo Dojin, ISBN4-8079-0635-6 (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge for fundamentals of polymer structure and property, and related recent researche topics will be assessed.
Evaluate the results by comprehension such as tasks of each time.

Related courses

  • CAP.P201 : Polymer Science
  • CAP.P221 : Polymer Physics I (Polymer Solutions)
  • CAP.P222 : Polymer Physics II (Solid Structures)
  • CAP.P321 : Polymer Physics III (Rheology)
  • CAP.P322 : Polymer Physics IV (Physical Properties)
  • CAP.P202 : Statistical Mechanics for Polymers
  • CAP.P522 : Advanced Polymer Structures
  • CAP.P523 : Quantum Chemical Calculations for Polymer Chemistry
  • CAP.P421 : Special Lecture on Characterization of Polymer Structures and Properties
  • CAP.P422 : Advanced Polymer Properties

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in courses related to polymer science is desirable.

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