CHEM 773/7730-01 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2021

Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo


The course starts with an introduction to the design and synthesis of polymers with define chemical structures. A number of polymerization techniques will be descried briefly, including anionic, living free radical and migration insertion polymerizations. The principles guiding self-assembly behaviour of block copolymers and other building blocks will be discussed, followed by the material applications of the assembled polymeric nanomaterials.

1. Polymerization techniques (6-9 lectures).

2. Self-assembly of amphiphiles and block copolymers (6-9 lectures).

3. Living self-assembly (6-9 lectures).

4. Aqueous assembly (6-9 lectures).


Teaching slides, Journal papers and text book.
Principles of Polymerization (3rd Edition) by G. Odian (Wiley: NY, 1991; QD281.P603 1991)


Term papers 20%

A report on the development of block copolymer self-assembly (mid-term) (30 %)

Final examines:
Recent progress in supramolecular chemistry or supramolecular functional materials. writing report on the topic (30 %) and presentation (20 %)




  • Mon: 8:30 am - 9:50 am in Remote
  • Wed: 8:30 am - 9:50 am in Remote

Office Hours

Friday: 2-4 pm