Polymers play pivotal roles in living systems as well as our daily life. In this course, students learn concept, structures, syntheses and properties of polymers.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) describe history and concepts of polymers.
2) explain chemical synthesis of polymers.
3) explain structure and properties of polymers in solid and solution
polymer, polymerization, molecular weight, copolymer, block polymer, graft polymer, radical polymerization, ionic polymerization, polycondensation, glass transition, viscoelasticity, phase separation
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Classes are principally composed of lectures and exercises.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||History and concepts of polymers||Explain history and concept of polymers|
|Class 2||Molecular strictures of polymers(1)||Explain primary structure of polymers|
|Class 3||Molecular strictures of polymers(2): Chain polymerization||Understand averaged molecular weights and their determination|
|Class 4||Polymer syntheses(1)：Chain polymerization||Explain chain polymerizations|
|Class 5||Polymer syntheses(2): Chain polymerization||Explain chain polymerizations|
|Class 6||Polymer syntheses(3): Step-growth polymerization||Explain step-wise polymerizations|
|Class 7||Summary and midterm exam of class #1-#6||Test level of understanding of the first part of the course|
|Class 8||Polymer reactions||Understand polymer reactions|
|Class 9||Living polymerization||Explain living polymerizations|
|Class 10||Control of molecular structure||Understand structural control of polymers in molecular level|
|Class 11||Highly ordered structures of polymers（1）||Explain highly ordered structures of polymers|
|Class 12||Highly ordered structures of polymers（2）||Explain highly ordered structures of polymers|
|Class 13||Solid properties of polymers||Understand solid properties of polymers|
|Class 14||Summary and final exam of class #8-#13||Test level of understanding of the second half of the course|
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.
Polymer Science, Kodan-sha
Polymer Synthesis (Vol. 1 &2), Koudan-sha, 、ISBN978-4-06-154361-4, ISBN978-4-06-154362-1
Kiso Kobunshi Kagaku, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN978-4-8079-0635-2
Exercises 20%, Midterm exam 40%, Final exam 40%
Students have basic knowledges of organic chemistry and physicochemistry.