UE Polymers 1

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This course gives an overview of the polymer chemistry field from the synthesis of polymers to characterization, properties, and applications of synthetic and natural polymers. All major polymerization methods, their reaction mechanisms and kinetic aspects are considered: step growth polymerization, chain growth polymerization with ionic and radical variations, insertion polymerization. Analysis of polymer properties in solution and macromolecules specific characterization techniques will also be presented:  thermodynamics, polymer/solvent interactions, average molecular weight determination by osmometry, light scattering, viscosimetry and steric exclusion chromatography (SEC). Laboratory experiments directly connected to the class topics will also be conducted, ..


Organic chemistry, physico-chemistry

Targeted skills

Basic knowledge of the main polymerization methods, properties of polymers and their characterization methods.


I. Introduction : definition, history, classification and properties of polymers, economic aspects, molar masses
II. Synthetic polymers : chain polymerizations, step growth polymerizations, polymerization processes, synthesis of thermosetting polymers and elastomers
III. Biopolymers : classification, properties, methods for their chemical modification and applications
IV. Polymer characterisation - molar masses: light scattering, viscometry, gel permeation chromatography, osmometry
V. Chain dimensions, structure and thermal transitions
VI. Thermodynamic of polymer solutions, solubility behaviour
VII. Introduction to rheology and mechanical properties of polymeric materials