CHEM 773/7730 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2023

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).
  1. Self-assembly of amphiphiles and block copolymers (6-9 lectures).
  1. Living self-assembly (6-9 lectures).
  1. 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%

Mid-term: 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 %)




  • Tue: 8:30 am - 9:20 am in EIT 2053
  • Thu: 8:30 am - 9:20 am in EIT 2053

Office Hours

Friday: 2-4 pm Phone: (226) 507-6768 E-Mail: [email protected]