FUNDAMENTALS OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Provide the basic concepts of polymer chemistry.Polymeric materials are one of the most advanced fields of research in chemistry. Polymer science is an highly multidisciplinary field, spanning from organic chemistry to mechanical engineering. Object of the present course is the general introduction to the field of polymer chemistry.
Basic knowledge of organic chemistry
Course contents summary
Definitions and nomenclature; average molecular weight; isomerism and stereoisomerism; main classes of polymers, thermodynamic conditions for polymerization.
Step-growth polymerization: statistical treatment, theory of gelation, Kinetics.
Free radical polymerization, ioninc and coordination polymerization, kinetics of free radical polymerization.
Structure of polymers
Conformations and configurations of polymer chains, polymer morphology.
Crystallization, melting and glass transition.
Methods for the determination of the average molecular weight, spectroscopic methods for structural analysis.
Mechanical and reological properties
Introduction to viscoelasticity, mechanical and theoretical models of viscoelastic behaviour.
Ppt presentations and hand-outs provided by the teacher
Oral lessons plus laboratory
Assessment methods and criteria
Written and oral examination