Polymer Science and Engineering

Polymer Science and Engineering
Foundation science and theory of polymer chemistry and physics and their implications in engineering applications. Topics include polymerization chemistry, structure-property relationships, polymer physics, and transport properties.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCH EN 378; or equivalent.
 TaughtWinter even years, Spring odd years
Course Outcomes

Polymer & Monomer Identification

Students can name polymers and identify the monomers from which the polymers are built.

Polymer Configuration & Conformation

Students recognize the roles that polymer configuration and conformation have upon polymer physical and chemical properties.

Chain Polymerizations

Students can describe the mechanisms of chain polymerizations, and can predict reaction rates and polymer chain lengths.

Step Polymerizations

Students can describle the mechanisms of step polymerizations, and can predict reaction rates and polymer chain lengths.

Polymer Design

Based on tabulated mechanical properties, students can design polymer structures to sustain engineering loads, and can predict deformations under load.

Manufacturing Processes

Students can name various manufacturing processes and can do simple formulation of manufacturing processes to build things from polymers.

Polymer Recycling

Students recognize the principles of polymer recycling and can select appropriate recycle or reuse methods to balance economics and environmental responsibility.

Industrial Scale Polymerization Processes

Students can analyze industrial scale polymerization processes and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of various processes.

Polymer Scenario or Application

For a given scenario or application, students can propose various polymers that meet the requirements, identify the monomers required to make the polymers, and design the industrial polymerization and manufacturing processes to produce the desired object for the application.