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Module Code - Title:

CH4015 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

2

Lab

3

Tutorial

1

Other

0

Private

0

Credits

6

Grading Type:

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To describe the main methods of polymer production relating synthesis detail to chain architecture. To explain the molecular basis of structure-property relationships in polymers. To develop an understanding of the structure and function of proteinaceous biopolymers.

Syllabus:

Polymer chemistry, addition and condensation, chain growth and step growth mechanisms, polymerisation kinetics. Branching, cross linking, and networks. Copolymerisation, types of structure and synthetic methods. Polymerisation techniques. Chain structure and property relationships, thermal transitions. Crystallinity and morphology. Polymer solutions and methods of characterisation. Biopolymers: properties, composition and function of proteins and nucleic acids.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 1. Calculate molecular weight averages for linear polymers. 2. Appreciate the general features and applications of step-growth and chain-growth polymerisations. 3. Estimate gel points for network formation for multifunctional monomers. 4. Relate polymer formation to catalyst structure for polymerisations on metal surfaces. 5. Perform kinetic analysis of different types of polymerisations. 6. Differentiate random, block and graft copolymers. 7. Evaluate various practical polymerisation and characterisation techniques. 8. Possess a knowledge of the structure and properties of proteinaceous biopolymers.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Affective: Attitude and Values 1. Build on their chemical knowledge to gain an appreciation of polymer chemistry.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Psychomotor: Skills and Capabilities 1. Use chemical apparatus to prepare and modify homopolymers and simple copolymers. 2. Use instrumental methods to analyse and characterise polymeric materials.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

M. P. Stevens (1999) Polymer Chemistry; An Introduction , Oxford University Press.

Other Relevant Texts:

Charles E. Carraher (2007) Introduction to Polymer Chemistry , CRC/Taylor & Francis

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Module Leader:

emmet.oreilly@ul.ie