Polymer Science


The objectives of this curricular unit are:

1. To acquire a background on polymer science which enable the student to correlate the chemical structure, molar mass distribution (average molar mass and polydispersity), polymer chain length and morphology with the physical behaviour of the polymer, in order to be able to understand and to forecast possible final applications. 

2. To have a knowledge about the mechanisms and kinetics of polymerization reactions, the correlation between the average degree of polymerization and the rate law, the effect of temperature on the rate law and to be able to use them on the design of a polymerization reactor.  

3. To have knowledge about the main industrial polymerization processes. 

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J.M.G. Cowie, V. Arrighi, Polymers: Chemistry & Physics of Modern Materials, CRC Press, 3rd Ed., 2007

G. Odian, Principles of Polymerization, John Wiley & Sons, 4th Ed, 2004

Fred W. Billmeyer, Jr., Textbook of Polymer Science, Wiley Intersci., 3ª Ed., 1984

F. Rodriguez, Principles of Polymer Systems, McGraw-Hill, 3ª Ed., 1983

M. Campbell, Introduction to Synthetic Polymers, OxfordScience Publications, 3ª Ed., 1997

H. Allcock, F.W. Lampe, J. E. Mark, Comtemporary Polymer Chemistry, Prentice Hall, 3ª.Ed., 2003

J. Brandrup, E.H. Immergut, E.A. Grulke, Polymer Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, 4ª Ed., 2003

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