Textbook: You can make use of the following sources:

1-  General Chemistry Principles and Modern Applications by Petrucci (9th Edition) QD31.2.P48 1989

2-  Principles of Polymerization by  G. Odian

3- Principles of Polymer Chemistry, PFlory.

4-  Reviews and Articles for Single Molecules and Light Emitting Molecules

Course Outline:

1-    Chemical Compounds

2-    Chemical Bonding I: Basic Concepts

3-    Macromolecules

4-    Self-Assembly

5-    Single Molecule Science

6-    Instrumentation for Single Molecule Measurements

7-    Property Based Design of Light Emitting Molecules

Representative Journals based on Soft Matters at İYTE Library:

  • Nature Materials
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Science Magazine
  • Advanced Materials
  • Advanced Functional Materials
  • Angewandte Chemie
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
  • Account for Chemical Research
  • Materials Today
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Journal of Materials Research
  • Journal of Materials Science
  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
  • Polymer Engineering and Science
  • Polymer Journal
  • Macromolecules
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Macromolecular Theor
  • Polymer
  • Biopolymers
  • Macromolecular Rapid Communications
  • Annual Review of Materials Science
  • Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
  • Journal of Nanoparticle Research
  • Journal of Materials Science Letters


1st Midterm: % 20

2nd Midterm: % 20

Final exam: % 30

Seminar: %30


Each student must present a frontier research article or a Review article in the classs through the end of the semester. There should be 5 speakers for each week. The date of presentations depends on the number of students attending the class so that the dates are announced to be later. Time duration of presentation is nearly 30 min. The presentations shorter than 25 min is not acceptable. A set of representative topics are listed below.This list can be extended according to your research topic.

Representative Topics

1-    Carbon Nanostructures: Nanotubes, Buckyballs, Fullorenes (Book Chapter from Owens)

2-    Polymer Nanocomposites: Going beyond Nanoparticle Filled Polymers (Review by Vaia Chem. Mater. 2007,19, 2736.)

3-    Block Copolymer Nanocomposites (Review of MR Bockstaller et al, Adv. Mater. 2005)

4-    Chemical Patterning and Lithography (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

5-    Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

6-    Nanocontact Printing and Writing – Stamps and Tips (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

7-    Self-Assembling Block Copolymers (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

8-    Biomaterials and Bioinspiration (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

9-    Self-Assembly of Large Building Blocks (Book: Nanochemistry, Ozin and Arsenoult)

10- Examples of Soft Materials in Nature (Ch.3 of Self-Assembled Nanostructures)

11- The Effect of Nanoparticle Shape on Polymer Nanocomposites, ST Knauert, Journal of Polymer Science: Part B polymer Physics, 2007.

12- Stephan Förster “From Self-Organizing Polymers to Nanohybrid and Biomaterials” Review of Angew. Chem. 2002, 41, 688.