Polymers are ubiquitous and are used in everything from clothing, plastics, paints, and adhesives. They are also used in biological applications including drug delivery and tissue engineering, and many nature’s macromolecules are polymers. This course will cover the synthesis of polymers, as well the interrelationship between molecular structure, morphology, and properties. Applications of polymers will be discussed and the course will end with a discussion on the environmental impact of polymers.
This course is intended for those interested in learning how the most ubiquitous material, out of all materials classes, function. The course does not require prior knowledge of polymers but it is intended that we will end with graduate level understanding of polymers. The course will cover a wide range of applications including using polymers for electronics and biological applications and thus should be suitable for a wide range of students.
Week 1: Introduction, Classification of Polymers
Week 2: Synthesis of polymers: Polycondensation
Weeks 3-4: Synthesis of polymers: Chain
Weeks 5-6: Polymers in solution
Weeks 7-8: Polymers in the solid state
Weeks 9-10: Mechanical properties of polymers
Weeks 10-11: Polymers for biological applications; biomacromoelcules
Weeks 12-13: Semiconducting polymers and electronics applications
Week 14: Polymers in the environment