Polymer chemistry

A.Y. 2016/2017
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of polymer science. Lectures will focus on the key synthetic methods for making polymers and the characterization techniques for determining their physical properties. Practical applications of polymer chemistry in society will be illustrated.
Expected learning outcomes
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
After a briefe introduction to the fundamental concepts of polymer science, including the definition of polymer, oligomer, molecular weight distribution and molecular weight averages, homopolymer and copolymer, polymer conformation (4 hours), the students will be introduced to the synthetic techniques that are central to polymer chemistry (22 hours). Polymerization by radical, step-wise, ionic, co-ordinate and ring opening mechanism will be described in details, with particular emphasis on the process parameters affecting the molecular weight dependence. Copolymerization methods and controlled radical polymerization will also be introduced. The analytical tools used to characterize the molecular weight of polymers and to investigate their thermal properties will be subsequently introduced (16 hours). The definition of solution properties will allow introducing viscometry, SEC chromatography and light scattering for the analysis of the absolute molecular weight and solution dimension. These will be complemented by MALDI-TOF analysis. Introduction to thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) will follow the description of the crystalline and amorphous state of polymer materials. The final section of the course will be focused on technological aspects such as polymer blends and polymer rheology (4 hours).

Recommended reading
-"Principles of polymerization" G. Odian, Wiley-Interscience, 4th edition, 2004
- "Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials", J.M.G. Cowie, Blackie Academic & Professional
- 'Fondamenti di Scienza dei Polimeri', AIM, Pacini
Lecture notes are available at: http://eranuccicml.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v1/Home/

Knowledge of basic organic chemistry.

Assessment method
Written test with open questions on course subjects. Both specific and general issues will be covered, concerning both synthetic and characterization aspects of polymers. Special emphasis will be given to the correct definition of basic concepts in polymer science.

Language of instruction

Attendance Policy:
Lectures: attendance is highly recommended.
Mode of teaching: traditional.
CHIM/04 - INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
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