TKP4130 - Polymer Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The subject provides an introduction to polymer science with respect to synthesis, polymerization kinetics and network formation/gelation of macomolecules formed by step-growth and chain-growth polymerization. Polymer structure/conformation and transitions from liquid (melt, solutions) to solid (polymer crystals and –glass) states are discussed using equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics and free volume considerations. Polymer solubility/miscibility and phase diagrams are determined using thermodynamic parameters. Molecular weight determination of polymers is shown using osmotic pressure, viscosimetry and size exclusion chromatography (SEC). An overview of mechanical and rheological properties of polymers is also given. Specialized synthesis for flow assurance industry.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should be able to:
- Elaborate on step-growth and chain polymerization, with respect to mechanism and kinetics.
- Derive conditions for gelation in systems consisting of bi- and multifunctional monomers.
- Elaborate on the differences between crystalline melting temperature and glass transition temperature, as well as the effect of kinetics on both.
- Distinguish between enthalpic and entropic contributions to crystallization.
- Distinguish between absolute and relative methods for molecular weight determination.
- Describe the flow properties of polymer melts and solutions.
- Interpret experimental data and determine parameters such as polymerization rates and copolymer composition.
- Design experimental conditions for gelation in a given system.
- Estimate the solubility of a given polymer in various solvents and blends.
- Research planning and evaluation of experimental data from molecular weight determination of polymers using viscosimetry, osmotic pressure and SEC.
- Evaluate the effect of factors such as polymer structure, molecular weight, branching and diluents on crystallinity.
- Use spreadsheet-based data analysis and linear regression.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and theoretical exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Textbook: P. C. Painter and M. M. Coleman: Fundamentals of Polymer Science, 2. ed., together with the problem sets.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2043 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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