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Polymer Chemistry

Code 8639
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Industrial Chemistry
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Face to face, with both theoretical, theoretical-practical and laboratory.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes This course aims to acquaint students with knowledge on the field of polymer chemistry, namely in the polymerization processes, morphology, structure and their properties as chemical, and mechanical, as well as their relationships.
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
Describe the structure of the most important polymers, the respective monomers, the corresponding polymerization process and their applications
Describe the principles of the most important methods of molecular weight determination and analyze the corresponding results
Relate the chemical structure and morphology with polymer properties (mechanical, thermal, chemical resistance, conductivity), and the polymer rheology
Describe the reaction mechanism. Derive the basic kinetics for chain and step polymerization
Analyze and synthesize non-complex information on a particular topic.
Perform the synthesis of some industrial important polymers
Syllabus THEORETICAL PROGRAM (SHORT VERSION)
1. STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS 1. Basic Principles 2. Molecular Weight and Polymers in Solution 3. Morphology and Chemical Structure of Polymers 4. Chemical Structure and Properties of Polymers 5. Evaluation, Characterization and Analysis of polymers VYNILIC POLYMERS 6. Radical Polymerization, Kinetics and Mechanism of Polymerization Stereochemistry of Polymerization, Dienes Polymerization, Monomers Reactivity, Copolymerization III. VYNILIC POLYMERS 7. Step Polymerization and Ring Opening Reactions, Kinetics, Stoichiometric Control and Molecular Weight Distribution IV IMPORTANT COMMERCIAL POLYMERS.
PRACTICAL PROGRAM (SHORT VERSION)
Preparation and Characterization of Commercial important Polymers
Main Bibliography
Required reading:
1. M. P. Stevens, “Polymer Chemistry – An Introduction”, Oxford University Press, New York, 3rd edition, 1999.
2. Protocols of the practical classes
3. PowerPoints presentations








Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-03-03

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