FUNDAMENTALS OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Provide the basic concepts of polymer chemistry
A basic course in organic chemistry
Course contents summary
Object of the course
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, which cannot be treated extensively in a single course. Object of the present course is the general introduction to the field of polymer chemistry.
Defnitions and nomenclature; average molecular weight; isomerism and stereoisomerism; main classes of polymers, thermodynamic conditions for polymerization.
Step-growth polymerization: statistical treatment, theory of gelation.
Free radical polymerization, ininc and coordination 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.
Written and oral examination