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Module Code: CHE308
Module Title: Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
Thismodule introduces the basic aspects of polymer synthesis, polymer properties, and polymer characterisation.
The aims of the module are:
- To explain illustrate how synthetic polymers are synthesized by various techniques.
- To demonstrate aspects of the relationship between molecular structure physical properties for synthetic polymers.
- To explain the methods available for the characterisation of polymers.
Learning outcomes 
By the end of the module, students should be able to:

a. Name common monomers and polymers.

b. Understand the basic synthetic routes of step growth and chain growth polymerisation.

c. Understand the concept of ‘living polymerisation’.

d. Disconnect a new polymer structure and generate a viable synthetic route

e. Discuss the methods available for the basic characterisation of synthetic polymers.

f. Discuss the various polymer morphologies that can be synthesized.

g. Understand the relationship between polymer structure and physical properties.

h. Discuss the different methods available for synthesizing dendritic polymers.
Method of teaching and learning 
The main theories and concepts are introduced in the lectures. Students are set problems based on these, which form part of the assessment for the module.
Syllabus 
The syllabus will include:
- Polymer and monomer nomenclature.
- Addition polymerisation
- 'Living' and controlled polymerisations
- Step-growth polymerisation
- Dendritic and branched polymer synthesis
- Polymer properties
- Polymer microstructure and architecture
- Polymer characterisation
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester              

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Written Final Exam 80.00
2 Coursework Assignments Based On The Lectures 20.00

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