CHEM 773/7730 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2020

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


The course will introduce the synthesis and supramolecular chemistry of polymers. Living polymerization techniques for designed synthesis of block copolymers will be discussed first, including anionic and living free radical polymerization. Subsequently, we will discuss the assembling behavior of block copolymers in bulk and solution. This discussion includes how to design nanostructures and the potential applications of them as nanomaterial. Finally, we will learn the current research interests in the field of polymer synthesis and supramolecular chemistry


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No evaluation provided.


Introduction (ca. 6-8 lectures)
Supramolecular chemistry
Living polymerization and amphiphilic block copolymers

Block copolymer self-assembling behavior and self-assembled morphologies (ca. 8-10 lectures)
Crew-cut block copolymer micelle
Rod-coil block copolymer micelles
Crystalline block copolymer micelles.
Living self-assembly

Self-assembled nanomaterials (6-8 lectures)

Recent research topics in polymer synthesis and self-assembly (4-6)


  • Tue: 8:30 am - 9:50 am in TBA
  • Thu: 8:30 am - 9:50 am in TBA

Office Hours

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