CHEM 435 – Introduction to Polymer Science

Course Outline:

  1. What is Polymer?
  2. History of Polymers
  3. Basic Concepts and Definitions
  4. Polymerization processes, (condensation, addition, ring openning polymerization)
  5. Polymerization mechanisms (step-growth and chain growth)
  6. Characterization of polymers (molecular mass determination, thermal analysis, and spectroscopic techniques)
  7. Chain Models (characteristic quantities; radius of gyration, end-to-end distance, freely rotating, freely jointed, Gaussian, Worm-like chains)


  • An introduction to speciality polymers QD381.J5813 1983
  • Textbook of polymer science QD381.B52 1984
  • Polymer synthesis :theory and practice : fundamentals, methods, experiments QD281.P6B68513 2001
  • Introduction to synthetic polymers QD381.C34 1994
  • Polymers: chemistry and physics of modern materials. QD381.C68 1991
  • Polymer science and technology QD381.F73 1995

Polymer Journals at iYTE Library:

  • Macromolecules
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Macromolecular Theory Polymer
  • Biopolymers
  • Macromolecular Rapid Communications
  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
  • Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
  • Polymer Engineering and Science
  • Polymer Engineering and Science


  • Polymers:an encyclopedic source book of engineering properties  TA455 .P58 P695 1987
  • Polymer handbook REF/QD388.P65 1999


Useful web sites on internet:

  • CaseWestern Textbook on Polymers and Liquid Crystals
  • Kevlar some acadamy in NC
  • Intro To Polymers Berkley
  • Macrogaleria (Southern Mississippi)
  • Polymer Chemistry University of Rochester/Kodak
  • Intro to Polymers Case/some interesting java applets
  • Intro to Polymers and Coatings UPenn