NWI-SM019A
Polymer Chemistry
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-SM019A
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. P.A. Korevaar
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Examiner
prof. dr. D.A. Wilson
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Lecturer
prof. dr. D.A. Wilson
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Coordinator
prof. dr. D.A. Wilson
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. D.A. Wilson
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Academic year2018
Period
KW1  (03/09/2018 to 04/11/2018)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

After completing the course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the most important polymer chemistry definitions and methodologies, of which synthesis and molecular aspects will receive most attention.
  • Relate polymerization mechanism to polymer properties.
  • Become familiar with recent trends in polymer chemistry, with the aid of special topics
Content
The course Polymer Chemistry will give insight in the chemical aspects of polymer science. Basic knowledge about polymerization mechanisms and polymer properties is combined with state of the art developments in this multidisciplinary field of science. The course is structured around 4 themes:
  1. Controlled chain polymerization. This includes free radical polymerization, ionic polymerization and controlled radical polymerization techniques
  2. Step polymerization. This includes traditional polycondensation chemistry (preparation of polyester and polyamides) and supramolecular polymerization
  3. Stereoselective polymerization. This includes coordination polymerization, such as Ziegler Natta chemistry, and biosynthesized polymers, such as proteins
  4. Conjugated polymers. This includes both the synthesis and application of these materials in devices such as solar cells
Furthermore, case studies on the application of polymeric materials will be discussed based on the recent literature.
Topics
• General knowledge on polymer chemistry
• Chain polymerization reactions, including ionic and radical mechanisms
• Step polymerization reactions
• Stereoselective polymerizations including Ziegler Natta chemistry, NCA polymerization, protein engineering
• Supramolecular polymerization

Test information
Written examination (70%); case studies (30%)

Prerequisites
This is a course in the specialisation 'Molecular chemistry'.

Required materials
Reader
Hand-outs and lecture notes (handed out during the course)
Articles
research papers

Recommended materials
Book
Walton and Lorimer, Polymers, Oxford Chemistry Primers, Oxford University Press

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Project
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Exam
Test weight7
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

Case studies
Test weight3
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2