At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
The course aims at providing a deep knowledge of chain growth polymerisation methods. At the end of the course, the students will master the state-of-the-art in chain growth polymerisation methods, the links between controlled and living polymerisation methods and the molecular characteristics of the resulting chains (molar mass, chain dispersity, architecture), and the technological gridlocks facing chain growth polymerisation. Additionally, the students will be able to use the above-mentioned concepts in order to propose relevant synthetic methods for specific cases.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled 'Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit'.
- Introduction: Living and controlled chain polymerizations
- Atom-transfer radical polymerizations (ATRP)
- Nitroxide-madiated radical polymerizations (NMP)
- Reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization (RAFT)
- Anionic polymerizations
- Living ring-opening polymerizations (LROP)
- Organocatalytic ring-opening polymerizations
- Control of macromolecular architectures
- Mechanistic transformations
- Supramolecular polymerizations
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Part A "Chain polymerization methods"
The chemistry part is based on a self-learning system. Scientific reviews, dealing with the main polymerization methods, will be provided and will be analyzed in small groups. Each student will work on three projects (polymerization methods). The self-learning will be conducted for two to three weeks during which the students and teachers will meet to discuss the reviews and prepare a presentation summarizing the reviews (see schedule). The students will then present orally their project before the whole class, followed by questions. This self-learning process will be evaluated by the teachers.
Part B "Physical chemistry of polymers in solution"
The physical chemistry part is made of a small number of classes in flipped classroom co-modal format, in which the students resolve small problems and discuss concepts with the teacher, based on a prior reading of a section of the lecture notes and/or on watching podcasts. Before each class, the students have to answer a few questions on their preparative reading (quizzes); their answers are used by the teacher to identify misconceptions and tune the content of the classes. A small interrogation at the end of each class contributes to the continuous evaluation of the students. In case of sanitary issues, case studies could be proposed, consisting of a problem inspired by real cases and requiring to analyze virtual data, using among others the characterization techniques described in the lecture notes. In such a case, the case studies would replace part of the classes.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.50% of the final mark is attributed to the work performed during the year (continuous evaluation) and 50% for the written exam. The written exam consists of solving cases similar to those studied during the course.
Paul C. Hiemenz & Timothy P. Lodge, Polymer Chemistry, 2nd edition, CRC Press:Boca Raton, 2007.