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Description

Studies synthesis of polymeric materials, emphasizing interrelationships of chemical pathways, process conditions, and microarchitecture of molecules produced.

Chemical pathways include traditional approaches such as anionic polymerization, radical condensation, and ring-opening polymerizations. Other techniques are discussed, including stable free radical polymerizations and atom transfer free radical polymerizations (ARTP), catalytic approaches to well-defined architectures, and polymer functionalization in bulk and at surfaces. Process conditions include bulk, solution, emulsion, suspension, gas phase, and batch vs. continuous fluidized bed. Microarchitecture includes tacticity, molecular-weight distribution, sequence distributions in copolymers, errors in chains such as branches, head-to-head addition, and peroxide incorporation.

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The instructor would like to thank Karen Shu and Karen Daniel for their work in preparing material for this course site.

Course Curriculum

  • Course Overview Unlimited
    • Molecular Weight (MW) Control Unlimited
    • Step Growth Polymerization Unlimited
    • Common Processing Approaches Unlimited
    • Interfacial Polymerizations Unlimited
    • Other Polymers of Interest Obtained by Step-Growth Unlimited
    • Crosslinking and Branching Unlimited
    • Network Formation Unlimited
    • Step-by-Step Approaches I: Polypeptide Synthesis: Examples from Biology Unlimited
    • Introduction to Radical Polymerization Unlimited
    • Radical Polymerization Unlimited
    • Free Radical Kinetic Chain Length Unlimited
    • Thermodynamics of Free Radical Polymerizations Unlimited
    • Processing Approaches: Emulsion Polymerization Processes Unlimited
    • Processing Approaches: Suspension (Bead) Polymerization Processes Unlimited
    • Ziegler-Natta Catalysis Unlimited
    • Stereoregular Polymerizations Unlimited
    • Radical Copolymerization: Alternating to Block Copolymers Unlimited
    • Metallocene Chemistry Unlimited
    • Introduction to Anionic Polymerization Unlimited
    • Living Anionic Polymerization Unlimited
    • Anionic Block Copolymerization Unlimited
    • Anionic Ring Opening Polymerization Unlimited
    • Introduction to Cationic Polymerization Unlimited
    • “Living” Cationic Polymerizations Unlimited
    • Anionic Ring Opening Polymerization Unlimited
    • Polysiloxanes, Lactams, etc. Unlimited
    • Introduction to Polymer Functionalization: Motivations, Yield, Crystallinity, Solubility Issues Unlimited
    • Functionalization Case Studies: Biomaterials Systems, Liquid Crystal (LC) Polymers Unlimited
    • Surface Functionalization of Polymers, Graft Copolymerization Unlimited
    • “Living” Free Radical Approaches: Stable Free Radical Polymerization Unlimited
    • ATRP Unlimited
    • ROMP Unlimited
    • Inorganic Polymer Synthesis Unlimited
    • Macromolecular Systems Via Secondary Bonding: Use of H-bonding and Ionic Charge to Build Structures Unlimited

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