Course contents *
The mechanisms of polymerization processes, kinetics and thermodynamics and their technical design are studied. Processes in gas phase (melt and solid phase), solution, emulsion and suspension, the use of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, different initiation-, chain transfer- and termination reactions, isolation and processing of products, modification of polymers, oxidation, degradation and stabilization, characteristics in the polymer chain, the relation between structure and properties and a review of the most common polymers
Intended learning outcomes *
After the course the student should be able to:
Explain the general reaction course, the reaction mechanisms and kinetics for stepwise and chain polymerisation, including, radical-, ion and coordination polymerisation and copolymerisation.
Calculate the degree of polymerisation, average molecular weight, average functionality, point of gel, kinetic chain length, the composition of the copolymer.
Draw structural formulas and tell about the properties of the most usual polymers.
Explain the principles for the most common characterization techniques.
Carry out simple polymer syntheses.
Practically determine the molecular weight of polymers with SEC and viscosimetry.
Present and critically evaluate a laboratory work in the form of a written report.