MSE 266

Materials Science and Engineering 266
Polymer Materials / Chemistry

Course Outline

  1. First Part
    1. Introduction
    2. History, Definitions, and Nomenclature
    3. Classifications
    4. Addition and Condensation
      Stepwise and Chain Polymerization
    5. Stepwise Growth Polymerization
    6. Polycondensation, Polyaddition, Ring-opening Reactions
    7. Chain Growth Polymerization
    8. Addition and Condensation
      Addition Radical, Ionic Polymerization and Radical Copolymerization
    9. Three Dimensional Networks
    10. Formaldehyde and Alkyd Resins, Vulcanized Rubbers
    11. Functional Polymers
    12. High Performance and Conducting Polymers, Polymers with Functionalized Side Chains, Polymeric Photoresists, Biodegradable Polymers
    13. Chemical Analysis and Spectral Characterizationss
    14. UV, Fluorescence, IR, Raman, NMR, ESR
  2. Second Part
    1. Polymer Molecular Weight, Size and Shape
    2. Molecular Weight Distribution and Averages, Polymer Size and Size-Molecular Weight Relations, Size and hydrodynamic Properties
    3. Polymer Technology
    4. Commercial Polymers, Additives, Catalysts
    5. Physico-chemical Testing
    6. Mechanical, Thermal and Electrical Properties
    7. Xray Diffraction, Light and Electron Microscopy
    8. Xray Diffraction, ESCA, SEM


  1. Odian, Jeorge. Principles of Polymerization. John Wiley and Sons
  2. Billmeyer, Fred. Textbook of Polymer Science. John Wiley and Sons
  3. alton, David and Phillip Lorimer. Polymers. Oxford University Press