FRONTIERS OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY AND ASSOCIATED RESEARCH - 2021/2
Module code: CHEM041
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The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in polymer chemistry with an emphasis on the polymers that are being researched in the department.
VARCOE John (Chemistry)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- revision of basic polymer concepts.
- advanced polymer characterisation (GPC, light scattering, rheology, MALDI, Raman).
- heterogeneous polymerisations: Suspension, emulsion, and mini-/micro-emulsion polymerisations.
- living polymerisation: anionic polymerisation and synthesis of diblock copolymers.
- controlled radical polymerisation: NMP, ATRP, RAFT.
- metal mediated polymerisation methods: Ziegler-Natta and metallocenic polymerisation catalysts, ROMP and ADMET.
- graft Copolymers: Chemical grafting including Click Chemistry.
- phase Behaviour.
- polymer additives and blends.
- polymer composites: integration of inorganic and organic materials.
- advanced polymer applications.
- conjugated polymers: polypyrrole and polyacetylene.
- state-of-the-art research-related polymer chemistry including:
- radical ring opening polymerisation: biodegradable polymers;
- radiation-grafted polymers;
- electronically conducting polymers.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||EXAMINATION (2 HOURS)||70|
|Oral exam or presentation||ORAL PRESENTATION (SEMINAR STYLE)||15|
A Skype presentation (for staff only) may replace the Oral presentation (Seminar Style).
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate new knowledge related to the chemistry, synthesis, characterisation, and application of state-of-the-art polymers. The examination will involve the application of some of this knowledge to unknown examples. The oral presentation and coursework assignment will involve a detailed literature search effort by the students to report on aspects of polymer science that have not been covered in the lectures.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Exam: 70%, 2.0 h (addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4).
- Coursework: 15%, maximum of 7,000 words (addresses learning outcomes 1, 3, 4).
- Oral presentation: 15%, 15 min length (addresses learning outcomes 1, 3, 4).
- This module aims to extend the fundamental aspects of polymer chemistry to state-of-the art concepts including aspects of polymer research being conducted in the department.
|001||Critically reflect on state-of-the-art concepts in polymer chemistry||CKT|
|002||Justify and apply an appropriate protocol to synthesise a target polymeric material||CK|
|003||Critically assess how macromolecular structures relate to the properties of||CKT|
|004||Fully justify the use of a polymeric material for a target application||CK|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 115
Lecture Hours: 30
Seminar Hours: 3
Tutorial Hours: 2
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop knowledge of state-of-the-art polymers for advanced technologies. This module will include aspects of the high impact polymer science being conducted in the department. The delivery is mainly lecture-based with practice problems given out at key points for formative assessment.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Average of 3 h of lectures per week for 10 weeks;
- 2 h of revision class covering some practice problems;
- 3 h of group presentations (where the students learn from each other’s literature searches as all students are to be present for the whole of this session).
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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