Course: Macromolecular Chemistry

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Course title Macromolecular Chemistry
Course code OCH/MMC
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Stýskala Jakub, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction into macromolecular chemistry, history, development of polymer chemistry as a science, structure of macromolecular chemistry. 2. Nomenclature of polymers 3. Syntheses of polymer compounds. Reaction conditions leading to syntheses of polymers. Chain-growth polymerizations, polycondensations, polyaddition, polymerization of cyclic monomers, enzymatic polymerizations, polymeric proceedings 4. Sources of raw materials for polymers. 5-6. Industrial production of polymers. Polyolefines, PVC, Polystyrene a its copolymers, phenol-formaldehyde and amino-formaldehyde resins, unsaturated and saturated polyester resins, epoxide resins, polyacrylates and polymethacrylates, other polymers. 7. Chemical transformation and modifications of polymers. Mechanical modifications of polymers, degradation reactions. 8. Molecular characterization of polymers, molecular weight, and its distribution. 9. Physical properties of polymers in solid state. Mechanical properties. 10. Manufacture of polymers, moulding, injection, extrusion, extrusion blow moulding, rooling, spinning, foaming, spraying. 11. Orientation identification of polymer materials.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
Aim of this course is to introduce to students the fundamental of polymers, their synthesis and properties.
Define main concepts, describe main approaches in the macromolecular chemistry, chemistry of polymers, their origin and properties

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

The student must show a general knowledge of macromolecular substances. A part of the final exam colloquium is identifying polymers.
Recommended literature
  • Carraher C.E. (1999). Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction. Marcel Dekker, New York.
  • Flory P.J. (1953). Principies of polymer chemistry. New York.
  • Nálepa K. (1990). Stručné základy chemie a fyziky polymerů. UP Olomouc.
  • Ravve A. (1967). Organic chemistry of macromolecules. Marcel Dekker Inc., New York.
  • Stoy A. (1973). Úvod do makromolekulární chemie. SNTL Praha.
  • Vollmert B. (1970). Základy makromolekulární chemie. Academia Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Nanomaterial Chemistry (2016) Chemistry courses 3 Winter
Faculty of Science Chemistry (1) Chemistry courses 3 Winter
Faculty of Science Material Chemistry (2015) Chemistry courses 2 Winter
Faculty of Science Chemistry More Subjects Studium (1) Chemistry courses 3 Winter