CH4PC-Polymer Chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 Chemistry
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Wayne Hayes


Summary module description:
This module aims to provide the student with an overview of modern applications of polymer chemistry.

To build on the basic concepts of polymer chemistry by exploring the design, development and application of polymeric materials in modern technology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this module will be able to:
•Describe, discuss and explain the molecular design concepts and synthetic approaches involved in development of advanced polymeric materials.
•Critically evaluate the potential applications and limitations of any particular class of polymeric structures.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
F.J. Davis (9 lectures)
Advanced Structural Polymers and their Applications: Design concepts, synthesis, structure, properties and applications of high-performance aromatic and inorganic polymers. Non-crystalline, crystalline, and liquid-crystalline polymeric materials for use under extreme conditions. Polymers with silicon-based backbones and their use as resins and elastomers. Polymers as elastomers and in modern display technology. Physical origin of rubber elasticity; properties of simple elastomers; cross-linking methodology; properties of complex elastomers, such as liquid crystalline elastomers. liquid crystalline polymers in display technologies; light emitting polymer (LEP) technology.

W.C. Hayes (9 lectures)
Advanced Materials: The course will cover, amongst other topics, routes to hyperbranched polymers and dendrimers; self-assembled polymer networks; controlled free radical polymerisation techniques. Polymers for electronic, adhesive, and surface coating applications. History and development of photoresist technologies for use in the microelectronic industry, development of polymeric adhesives and microencapsulation systems.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two 1 hour lectures per week supplemented by directed independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Students will attend tutorials on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. A tutorial comprises both written work and oral contribution.

Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 50%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be held in August and will be by examination only worth 100%.
    Final year students are not eligible to resit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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