Introduction to polymer chemistry

lchm1361  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to polymer chemistry
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
22.5 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The following questions are examined (in parenthesis the number of hours for that point) : 1. Basic notions (6 hrs) : macromolecule notion : types of polymers, nomenclature notion, stereochemistry notion, molecular masses and their distribution - polymer material notion. 2. Main methods of synthesis (6 hrs) : general problems - chain polymers : introduction to radical, ionic and coordination polymers - polymerization by steps : main ideas and chosen examples - modification of polymers. 3. Methods of characterization ( 6 hrs) : brief presentation of characterization methods particularly used in polymer chemistry : techniques of characterization of molecular masses, characterization techniques of the main physical properties. 4. Typical applications (4 hrs) : brief description of some applications of polymer materials.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course is for chemistry student interested in an introduction to polymers. It forms a homogeneous entity giving sufficient bases for students that do not desire to specialize in this field. It does not constitute a necessary prerequisite to the more specialized courses of 4th year (although quite useful).

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

Bachelor in Chemistry

Minor in Chemistry