The Organic Chemistry of Polymers - CHM 4272 Syllabus
CHM 4272-2993, Spring 2012, Monday, Wednesday, 1:55 pm – 2:45 pm, Room LEI 207
Professor Stephen A. Miller, Office:
LEI 318A, firstname.lastname@example.org
Classification of polymerization types and mechanisms from a mechanistic organic point of view.
The structure of synthetic and natural polymers and polyelectrolytes.
Reaction of polymers.
Practical synthetic methods
of polymer preparation.
Mechanisms of polymerization reactions of monomers and molecular weight distributions of products;
principles, limitations, and advantages of most important methods of molecular weight determination; relationship of
physical properties to structure and composition; correlations of applications with chemical constitution.
basics of polymerization; condensation polymerization, radical chain polymerization, ionic chain polymerization,
copolymerization, ring-opening polymerization, metal-catalyzed polymerization, chemical modifications of polymers,
recent developments in polymers, polymer characterization, polymer properties, and biological polymers.
CHM 2210, 2211 (sophomore organic chemistry) or equivalent.
CHM 3120 (junior analytical chemistry) or equivalent.
•Deduction of monomer(s) given a polymeric structure
•Deduction of polymer given a monomeric structure
•Understanding basic techniques for polymer characterization
•Understanding of molecular weight and molecular weight distributions
•Understanding of basic techniques for molecular weight determination
•Understanding of polymerization mechanisms
•Recognition of compatibility of monomers with various polymerization mechanisms/reaction conditions
•Understanding polymer structure/polymer property relationships
•Classification of polymers based on chemical structure
Introduction/Overview, Polymer History, Definitions
MLK Jr. Day
1.7, Appendix A
Industrial Polymers, Polymer Recycling
Molecular Weight, Measurement of Molecular Weight
Polymer Structure and Morphology
3.1–3.2, 3.3 (pp. 63, 67–68), 3.4–3.5
Polymer Structure and Morphology, Mechanical Properties
3.6, 3.8–3.9, 4.1, 4.3–4.4
Polymer Properties, Polymer Characterization
4.6–4.7, 5.1–5.2, 5.3.3, 5.5.1, 5.6.1, 5.6.3
Midterm Examination I.
Free Radical Polymerization, Initiators, Kinetics, Mechanism
6.1–6.2 (not 6.2.3, 6.2.6), 6.4
Free Radical Polymerization, Stereochemistry, Dienes, Reactivity,Copolymerization
12 February 20
Ionic Polymerization, Cationic Polymerization
7.1, 7.2.1–7.2.2, 7.2.5
13 February 22
Ionic Polymerization, Anionic Polymerization, GTP
Coordination Polymerization, Heterogeneous Ziegler-Natta