CHEM 773/7730 - Advanced Polymerization Techniques
Semester: Winter 2023Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
Synthesis of polymers with well-defined structures in terms of their architectures, chemical compositions, molecular weight etc. is a major concern of polymer chemistry. A number of polymerization techniques, such as anionic polymerization, living free radical polymerization, ring opening metathesis polymerization, have been developed and intensively researched in recent years. Consequently, polymer structure and property engineering has become possible, which extend the scope of material applications of polymers to many modern technologies, such as nanotechnology. Well-defined polymers have been used as building blocks for the creation of various supramolecular nanoobjects with a good control of morphology, size and functionality; Attaching polymers to functional inorganic nanoparticles via controlled polymerization improved processibility of inorganic nanoparticles for device fabrications; Multistep living polymerization coupling with organic and inorganic reactions also results in novel nanoobjects that cannot be achieved before. This course will discuss living polymerization techniques in details and their material applications will be briefly introduced. The course is designed for final year undergraduate and graduate students with organic and inorganic chemistry background. The course will be delivered by PowerPoint presentations and the slides will be available on Waterloo LEARN.
Course learning objectives
Examine the concept and mechanism of living polymerization.
Examine the advanced living polymerization techniques used for polymer synthesis.
Explain and compare the difference and similarity of different living polymerization techniques
Appreciate material applications of living polymerization and future development.
Journal papers and review articles
Controlled and Living Polymerizations: From Mechanisms to Applications Edited by Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Axel H. E. Müller
For undergraduate students: midterm exam (50%) and final exam (50%)
For graduate students: midterm exam (40%), final exam (40%) and term project (20%)
Introduction to living polymerization.
Living free radical polymerization
Ring opening metathesis polymerization
Chain growth condensation polymerization
- Tue: 8:30 am - 10:20 am in EIT 2053
- Thu: 8:30 am - 10:20 am in EIT 2053