2021 Polymer Science (LST)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Maruyama Atsushi  Ueno Takafumi  Miura Yutaka  Kinbara Kazushi 
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Tue1-2(S621)  Fri1-2(S513)  
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Classes are principally composed of lectures and exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  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

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.


Polymer Science, Kodan-sha

Reference books, course materials, etc.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercises 20%, Midterm exam 40%, Final exam 40%

Related courses

  • Organic chemistry

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

Students have basic knowledges of organic chemistry and physicochemistry.

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