2021 Advanced Polymer Reactions

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Otsuka Hideyuki 
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Course description and aims

This course is mainly targeted at graduate students in the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering. Students can acquire specialized knowledge in polymer chemistry, especially polymer reactions. This course targeted at students who have already taken basic courses related to organic chemistry and polymer chemistry, the instructor lectures about specialized knowledge and cutting edge research related to controlled step-growth polymerization and polymer reactions.
Students get an understanding of specialized knowledge and cutting edge research related to controlled step-growth polymerization and polymer reactions through this course, thereby acquiring continuous knowledge stretching from the basics to the expert level.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to do the following by taking this course.
1) understand and explain the different types and features of controlled step-growth polymerization and polymer reactions.
2) explain the principle and examples of cutting edge controlled step-growth polymerization.
3) explain the principle and examples of cutting edge polymer reactions.


Controlled step-growth polymerization, Polymer reactions, Cross-linking reactions, Click reactions, Polymer architectures

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. To prepare for class, students should read the course schedule section and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General Introduction to Polymer Synthesis and Polymer Reactions Understand the definition and fundamentals of polymer synthesis and polymer reactions
Class 2 Introduction to Controlled Step-growth Polymerization Explain the definition and fundamentals of controlled step-growth polymerization
Class 3 Control of Sequence, Functional Groups, and Molecular Weights in Polycondensation Understand the mechanism and examples of control of sequence, functional groups, and molecular weights in polycondensation
Class 4 Controlled Polyaddition Understand the mechanism and examples of controlled polyaddition
Class 5 Classification and Characterization of Polymer Reactions Explain the classification and characteristics of polymer reactions
Class 6 Advanced Polymer Reactions Understand the mechanism and examples of advanced polymer reactions such as the polymer reaction based on click reactions
Class 7 Polymer Architectures by Advanced Polymer Reactions Explain the synthetic methods of polymer architectures by advanced polymer reactions.

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

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to prepare for classes and review class contents afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


To be announced.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of polymer reactions and their ability to apply them to problems will be assessed.
Final report 20% and exercise problems 80%.

Related courses

  • GRC.B104 : Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
  • CAP.P211 : Polymer Chemistry I (Step-Growth Polymerization)
  • CAP.P212 : Polymer Chemistry II (Chain Polymerization)
  • CAP.P311 : Polymer Chemistry III (Polymer Reactions)
  • CAP.P312 : Polymer Chemistry IV (Crosslinking Reactions)

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

Students must have successfully completed both Organic Chemistry I-IV and Polymer Chemistry I-IV or have equivalent knowledge.

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