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Course module: 202001532
Polymer Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Macromolecules
Course info
Course module202001532
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. F.R. Wurm
dr. M.A. Hempenius
prof.dr. F.R. Wurm
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. F.R. Wurm
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
The lecture will give an overview on different synthetic methods used in Polymer Chemistry. Basic knowledge of Organic chemistry is required for the course and will be used to explain the synthetic strategies to high molar mass materials. After the course, students will be well prepared to plan syntheses of thermoplasts, thermosets, nanoparticles, block copolymers by classical and state-of-the-art synthesis strategies. The lectures will be accompanied by some live experiments and data will be correlated to basics of polymer characterization techniques (e.g. Gel Permeation Chromatography/ mass spectrometry of polymers, thermal charactization, light scattering etc.)

Knowledge  of  basic  Organic  Chemistry  is  needed  (e.g.  esterification,  Schotten-Baumann- Reactions, Nucleophilic Substitution, Nucleophilic Addition, Radical reactions, amidation)
Learning goals:
You will learn the basic toolbox on how to design polymers with theoretical background on all important synthesis techniques
This new lecture was developed in order to increase the molecular perspective of students to the field of polymers. They shall learn polymers from the perspective of macro-molecules and will learn classical and state-of-the-art synthesis protocols and theories for making all kinds of polymeric materials. This course builds on the basic principles of polymerization reactions.
This course merely focuses on synthesis of polymers and how to control or tune the molecular structure of polymers. This course will expand the current curriculum and enable the students to understand and plan synthesis routes to sophisticated polymeric materials but also understand, how and why certain polymers have entered the industrial scale of up to 100 million tons per year.

The course is structured as followed:
1) Introduction
2) Polycondensation
3) Radical polymerization
4) Copolymerization
5) Ionic Polymerization
6) Controlled Radical Polymerization
7) Ring-Opening Polymerization
8) Heterophase polymerization 
9) Catalytic Polymerization 
Students are also given problems/ questions during the lecture connected to the contents of this and/or previous lectures. Depending on the course size (estimated ca. 10-15  students), these questions will be answered directly in class in teams or via a quiz app (e.g. Mentimeter) and students can vote via their smart phone. The class ends with an exam of 3hrs. A practise exam and further self-study questions will be given to the students via Canvas.
Assumed previous knowledge
Basic Organic Chemistry
Participating study
Master Chemical Engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
Polymer Chemistry
Makromolekulare Chemie (deutsch)
Lecture slides will be provided and cover the essential contents
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Individual or teams of two

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