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CHE 514: Special Topics in Organic Chemistry: Polymer Chemistry

Synthetic polymers have become an integral part of our lives and can be found in many everyday and advanced materials: rubber tires, bullet-proof vests, paints, fibers, contact lenses, drug delivery vehicles and many others. This course covers the basics of polymer synthesis, including traditional polymerization techniques, such as free-radical and anionic chain polymerizations, and step-growth polymerization. Newer methods of polymer synthesis, such as ring-opening metathesis polymerization and living free-radical polymerizations are also typically discussed. Students are introduced to the methods of preparation of advanced polymer structures, such as block, star and brush copolymers, semi-conducting and biodegradable polymers. Fundamentals of structure and physical properties of polymers, and methods of characterization are also covered.