Macromolecular Chemistry University of Bordeaux
The course covers the three main synthesis methods of polymers,including chain-growth and step-growth polymerization reactions, aswell as the chemical modification of already existing polymers. > Students will learn how to: - Apply key elementary reactions of molecular chemistry to theconstruction of macromolecular chains, taking into account theintrinsic reactivity of polymeric growing chains, - Anticipate the effect of initial experimental conditions on some ofthe properties of the resulting polymers, - Master the main concepts consisting in chemically modifying apre-existing polymer, knowing the possible effect of themacromolecular features of the latter on its reactivity, - Master principles and concepts associated with the mainpolymerization processes used in the chemical industry, which mostlyincludes bulk, solution polymerization, and polymerization indispersed media.
- Academic level: BSc. - Selection criteria: basic knowledge in chemistry and/or physicalchemistry. - Language prerequisites: English or French. - Selection procedure: evaluation of the student's CV.
The first session will take place in December (7th-16th).> Evaluation of practical sessions based on results obtained in thelabs and evaluation of the written reports = 20 % of the overall mark- Written final exam: 1h 30 = 80 % of the overall mark> In case of failure, a second session will be organized for the finalexam, either as a written final exam (1h 30) or an oral sessiondepending on the number of failing students = 80 % of the overallmark. The marks of written reports will be kept from session 1 = 20%of the overall mark. This 2nd session will take place at the end ofJune.
I. INTRODUCTION - General feature of chain-growth and step-growth polymerizations. - Main polymerizable monomers.II. STEP-GROWTH POLYMERIZATION - Monomer functionality: main elementary reactions and sidereactions. - Linear polymers: stoichiometry, molar masses, kinetics, examples. - Non-linear (3D) polymers: gel point, typical examples.III. CHAIN-GROWTH POLYMERIZATION - Free-radical polymerization: initiation, propagation, transfer andtermination. - Kinetics. - Copolymerization and reactivity ratios. - Coordination polymerization: Ziegler-Natta, metallocenes. - Anionic polymerization: initiation, propagation, transfer, andtermination; “living” anionic polymerization (intro) and blockcopolymer synthesis. - Cationic polymerization: initiation, propagation, transfer andtermination.IV. Chemical modification of polymersV. Polymerization techniques - Bulk polymerization; Solution polymerization; Polymerization indispersed media (suspension vs. emulsion); Interfacialpolycondensation. - Practical session 1: Synthesis of Nylon-11. - Practical session 2: Free-radical polymerization of styrene inbulk: kinetic investigations. - Practical session 3: Radical copolymerization of styrene and methylmethacrylate in suspension. - Practical session 4: Synthesis of acrylic cements.PRACTICAL SESSION 1: SYNTHESIS OF NYLON-11PRACTICAL SESSION 2: FREE-RADICAL POLYMERIZATION OF STYRENE IN BULK:KINETIC INVESTIGATIONS PRACTICAL SESSION 3: RADICAL COPOLYMERIZATION OF STYRENE AND METHYLMETHACRYLATE IN SUSPENSION PRACTICAL SESSION 4: SYNTHESIS OF ACRYLIC CEMENTS
- Lectures (main lectures are taught in French but all written supports are available in English or French): 19 x 1 hour and 20 minutes. - Exercise session (in French or English): 7 x 1 hour and 20 minutes. - Practical session (in French or English): 4 x 4 hours. - Tutoring (for non-French speaking persons): 9 * 1 hour 20. - Teaching supports available on the Moodle platform. - 105 Self-study hours: (50 hours private reading, 20 hours exam preparation, 20 hours exercise preparation, 15 hours preparation/report of practical session.
Online Course Requirement
- Main lectures will be taught in French but all written supports willbe available in English or French (lectures, exercises, practicalsessions manuals, final exam written texts ) - Tutoring in Englishwill be available for students who do not speak French - Exercisesessions will be taught in both English or French - Practicalsessions will be taught in both English or French Language of instruction: French and English* (see other information)Mode of delivery: Face-to-face teaching
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