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).
-"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
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Knowledge of basic organic chemistry.
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
Lectures: attendance is highly recommended.
Mode of teaching: traditional.