Chem 215 Polymers and Polymerization Processes

Concepts and definitions: monomers and monomeric units, degree of polymerization, homopolymers, copolymers, nomenclature and classification, chain structure, microstructure, conformation and flexibility, average molecular weights and polydispersity, thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, fibers, plastics; Polymerization methods: step-growth, radical, living radical, anionic, cationic, catalytic, ring-opening, polyhomologation; Methods of molecular weight determination: membrane and vapor pressure osmometry, light scattering, size exclusion chromatography, viscometry; Properties: thermal, mechanical, flow; Fundamentals of polymer processing: extrusion, injection, film blowing; Polymer sustainability.