2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Jan 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

CHEM 381 - Polymer Science

This course is designed as an introduction to polymer science, incorporating previous knowledge from organic chemistry, basic inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry to illustrate the key aspects governing the structure-property relationships of macromolecules. An overview of both traditional and state of the art polymer synthesis and polymer characterization techniques will be provided. Several examples from primary scientific literature will serve to integrate the concepts covered in class and will expose the student to relevant technological advances that rely heavily on polymer science. This course seeks to provide students with a broad perspective on how chemistry can be used as the primary tool for developing new materials or modifying existing polymer systems to achieve specific performance targets. A design project will be utilized to engage students in their own research interests through the application and integration of the course material.

Prerequisites: CHEM 132  or CHEM 134  , CHEM 260  (or BCMB 264  ) or permission of instructor. Completion of  CHEM 231 , CHEM 250  and CHEM 262  are recommended, but not required for graduate students.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered periodically