14MZH14 - Chemistry of Macromolecules

Course specification
Course titleChemistry of Macromolecules
Study programmeChemical engineering
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    ConditionОблик условљености
    The goalFamiliarizing students with important aspects of modern chemistry of macromolecules, the molecular structure of polymers, the ways of performing synthesis, as well as their properties and application. Acquiring fundamental knowledge of mechanisms and kinetics of chain and stepgrowth polymerizations. Mastering basic techniques of performing chain and stepgrowth polymerizations. Understanding the polymer properties and application as a function of their molecular structure.
    The outcome1. Acquiring basic knowledge of mechanism, kinetics and procedures of polymer synthesis. 2. Learning about dependence of macromolecular macroscopic properties on molecular structure and being able to tailor macromolecular properties by choosing the monomers, as well as the type and conditions of synthesis. 3. Acquiring basic knowledge of polymer science, enabling students to follow development of new polymer materials and their synthetic procedures.
    Contents of lecturesBasic concepts, definitions and nomenclature. Classification of polymers. Stepgrowth polymerization. Mechanism and kinetics of stepgrowth polymerization. Polymerization as chain reaction. Thermodynamic and kinetic aspect of chain polymerization. Radical polymerization. Mechanism and kinetics of elemental reactions of polymerization. Cationic and anionic polymerizations. Stereospecific polymerization. Techniques of polymerization reactions by free radicals: polymerizations in bulk, emulsion, suspension, solution, as well as precipitation polymerizations.
    Contents of exercisesNumerical problems: Macromolecular size – Molecular weight averages and molecular weight distribution. Bifuctional polycondenzations. Theories of gel formation. Free radical polymerizations. Anionic and cationic polymerizations. Laboratory practice: It is intended for every student to perform five syntheses, and the choice is among following: Synthesis of polymers by interfacial polycondensation. Synthesis of polyester by hightemperature polycondensation. Preparation of flexible and rigid polyurethane foams. Polymerization of methyl-methacrylate in bulk. Polymerization of styrene in emulsion. Polymerization of methyl-methacrylate in suspension. Precipitation polymerization of acrylonitrile. Ring-opening polymerization of cyclic ester and ether monomers.
    1. S. M. Jovanović, J. Đonlagić, "Hemija makromolekula", TMF, Beograd, 2004
    2. Ј. Djonlagić, "Hemija Makromolekula-praktikum", TMF, Beograd, 2007.
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
    Methods of teachinglectures, laboratory practice and homeworks
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
    Activites during lectures20Test paper
    Practical lessons15Oral examination40