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  • Course Description

    Experiments in this class are broadly aimed at acquainting students with the range of properties of polymers, methods of synthesis, and physical chemistry. Some examples of laboratory work include solution polymerization of acrylamide, bead polymerization of divinylbenzene, and interfacial polymerization of nylon 6,10. Evaluation of networks by tensile and swelling experiments, rheology of polymer solutions and suspensions, and physical properties of natural and silicone rubber are also covered.

    About Mr. Harlan Breindel

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    School
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Course Code
    10.467

    Date Taught
    Fall 2005

    Level
    Undergraduate (First Year)
  • SES #     Topics

    1             H: Free Radical Polymerization

                   Kinetics, Kinetic Chain Length, Tromsdorff Effect in Free Radical Polymers

    2             CI-1: The Nature of Scientific Writing and Scientific Report Format (IMRaD) (Given by Dr.  

                   Les Perelman, WAC)

    3             H: Molecular Weight Determination

                   Polymers as Random Coils in Dilute Solution

                  Intrinsic Viscosity, Rheology of Concentrated Solutions

    4             H: Step Growth Polymerization

                  Near Equilibrium Polymerizations, Far from Equilibrium Step Growth Polymerizations

    5             B: CI-2: Results and Discussion / Literature Reviews

    6             H: Polymer Networks and Network Chemistry, Swelling, Linear vs. Crosslinked

                  Solubility and the Hildebrand Solubility Parameter

    7             B: CI-3: Using Graphics and Tables Effectively

    8             H: Mechanical Behavior of Polymers, Rubber Elasticity, Glass Transition

    9             B: CI-4: Defining Terms

    10           H: Plasticization Effects, Lowering of Tg, Thermoplastic Elastomers, "Physical" vs. Covalent

                  Networks

    11           B: CI- Recitation

                    Exam I

    12           B: CI-5: Strategies for Revision

    13           H: Polymer Morphology

    14           B: CI- Recitation

    15           H: Polymer Reaction Processing: Suspension and Emulsion

                  Polymerization and Kinetics

    16           B: CI-6: Designing Oral Presentations

    17           H: Formation of Microporous Structures in Polymer Films

                  Phase Inversion Membrane Formation, Structures from Macrophase Separation

    18           B: CI- Recitation

    19           H: Polymer Thin Films and Surfaces

                  Surface Modification

                  Adsorption Processes

                  Solution Processing and Fiber Spinning

    20           B: CI- Recitation

    21-22     H: Oral Presentations

    23           H: Review Session

                    Exam II


    Course Meeting Times

    Lectures: 1 session / week, 1 hour / session

    Labs: 2 sessions / week
    Lab 1: 3-4 hours / session
    Lab 2: 3-4 hours / session

    Attendance

    It is required that you attend all lectures. Exams will cover lecture and lab material.

    This is a relatively fast-paced lab course. For this reason, Lab Attendance is required of all students in each group. Attendance will be taken, and lab attendance will be counted as part of the lab grade. If there is a reason you cannot make it to lab, you must contact

    1. your lab TA and
    2. at least one member of your lab group prior to the lab period.

    References

    Suggested Readings will be given in the Lab Handouts in lecture or the lab.

    Other material may be given to you in the form of handouts from books during the course.

    Grading

    ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
    Lab Reports / Write-ups 50%
    CI-M Assignments 20%
    Exams, Classroom 30%
  • DescriptionTypeLink
    Polymerization of Acrylamide in WaterDownloadClick
    Characterization of PolyacrylamideDownloadClick
    Conversion of Polyacrylamide to Sodium Polyacrylate and Subsequentd Conversion of Polyacrylate Salt to Poly (Acrylic Acid)DownloadClick
    Synthesis of Hydrogels from Acrylamide and N-isopropyl Acrylamide with Bisacrylamide in WaterDownloadClick
    Properties of Hydrogels from Lab #4: Swelling, Tensile and Solute Transport PropertiesDownloadClick
    Interfacial Polymerization of Nylon 10 from Diamine and Diacid ChlorideDownloadClick
    Un-Crosslinked and Crosslinked Natural Rubber from Rubber Tree Latex Mechanical PropertiesDownloadClick
    Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate Monomer to Form Poly (Methyl Methacrylate), Tromsdorff Effect Illustration with Bone CementDownloadClick
    Poly (Vinyl Chloride): Preparation of Plasticized PVC and Tensile Modulus as Function of Plasticizer Content and Test TemperatureDownloadClick
    Network Formation with Epoxies, RTV Thermosets and Foamable PolyurethanesDownloadClick
    Bead Polymerization of Divinyl Benzene and Methyl MethacrylateDownloadClick
    Ultrafiltration Membrane Formation by Phase Inversion and Permeability StudiesDownloadClick
    Photopolymerization: Photolithography and Soft LithographyDownloadClick
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