The course includes the following main topics:
Polymerisation: stepwise polymerisation, radical polymerisation, ionic polymerisation, polymerisation by organometallic catalysis, polymer stereo chemistry, copolymerisation.
Polymers in solution: polymer solubility, polymer solution thermodynamics, physical properties of polymers in solution.
Characterisation of polymers: viscometry, size-exclusion chromatography, spectroscopy, osmometry, molecular weight distributions.
Degradation of polymers: degradation mechanisms, measuring methods, stabilisation of polymers.
The theoretical contents of the course are discussed during the lectures. The ability of the student to solve problems in polymer chemistry is practised during the exercises. Through home assignments, the student will practise his or her ability to independently solve problems. Selected main topics are treated during practical laboratory exercises. During visits to local industry the student will be introduced to modern production and development in the area.