Polymer Chemistry--CHEM 4382/6382
Students to be served: Senior undergraduates majoring in chemistry or a related discipline and graduate students who have interests in polymers, materials, biomedical, and related research.
Prerequisites: CHEM 3312 or permission of instructor.
Course Description: This course focuses on modern methods of polymerization and reactions for recent polymeric
architectures used in cutting-edge research of nano/bio/electro/hybrid materials.
Three lecture hours per week.
Textbook and other materials: Charles E. Carraher Jr., Introduction to Polymer Chemistry, plus handouts.
- Modern Synthesis and Reactions of Polymers: Step-growth, Free-radical, Ionic/Coordination, Photolytic/Electrolytic, and Ring-opening polymerization, and Polymer Reactions.
- Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Polymerization
- Physical Characterization of Polymers: Molecular weights, Polymer solutions, Morphologies, Glass Transitions, Crystallinity, Diffraction, Scattering, Spectroscopy.
- Current Fabrication and Testing Methods of Polymers
- Molecular Structure, Properties, and Uses: Structure-Property Relationship, Electroactive Polymers, Biomedical Applications
Course grades: >90%:A, 80-90%:B, 70-80%:C, 60-70%:D, <60%:F
- Tardiness and unexcused absence from class are unprofessional behaviors which should be avoided, but attendance will not be graded.
- Electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers should be turned off in the classroom.
- Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be made for students who present a memo from Student Disability Services.
Dr. Tomoko Fujiwara
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