Aug 15, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CH 3670 - Polymer Chemistry

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The course will cover the basics of polymer nomenclature, molecular weight, naturally occurring polymers, inorganic polymers, step-reaction polymerization, free radical chain polymerization, copolymerization, and testing & characterization of polymers. (prereq: CH 200  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify structures of polymers
  • Understand and identify different types of naturally occurring and inorganic polymer
  • Differentiate different types of average molecular weight and characterize and determine molecular weight of polymers
  • Understand the mechanisms of step-growth, chain-growth polymerization, and copolymerization
  • Discuss the methods for polymer testing and characterization, and interpret testing and characterization data

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Properties of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical bonding and intermolecular forces
  • Solutions, molarity

Course Topics
  • Introductions to polymers
  • Polymer structure
  • Molecular weight of polymers
  • Naturally occurring polymers
  • Step-reaction polymerization
  • Free-radical chain polymerization
  • Copolymerization
  • Inorganic and organometallic polymers
  • Polymer characterization & testing
  • Additives
  • Polymer technology

Dr. Wujie Zhang

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