CHEM 400: Polymer Synthesis and Self-assembly

The course starts with an introduction to the design and synthesis of polymers with defined chemical structures. A number of polymerization techniques will be described briefly, including anionic, living free radical and migration insertion polymerizations. The principles guiding self-assembly behaviour of polymers will be discussed, followed by the material applications of the assembled polymeric nanomaterials. 

Course content

  1. Polymerization techniques  (8 lectures)
  2. Self-assembly of block copolymers (8 lectures)
  3. Self-assembly of organometallic polymers  (8 lectures)
  4. Polymeric supramolecular functional materials (8 lectures)


  • Principles of Polymerization (3rd Edition) by G. Odian (Wiley: NY, 1991; QD281.P603 1991)
  • Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials (2nd Edition) by J. M. G. Cowie (Blackie Academic: Glasgow, 1991; QD381.C68x 1991)
  • Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering by A. Rudin (Academic Press: San Diego, 1999; QD381.R8 1999)

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