Basic concepts – classification, nomenclature, molecular weights, molecular weight distribution, glass transition, degree of crystallinity, morphology, and viscosity-molecular weight, mechanical property – molecular weight relationships.
Molecular weights and Methods of determination, molecular weight distribution, size and shape of macromolecules. Intrinsic viscosity, Mark-Houwink relationship.
Chain structure and configuration, conformation, size of an ideal chain (freely jointed chain and other models), Real chains, Flory theory.
Thermodynamics of polymer solutions.
Molecular motion (self-diffusion, hydrodynamic radius, Rouse Model, Zimm Model, entangled polymer dynamics and de Gennes reptation model).
Glass transition temperature – elementary theories and methods of determination.
Variation of glass transition with structure.
Rubber elasticity – concepts, thermodynamic equation of state. Elementary theories of viscoelasticity (Maxwell, Voight).
Mechanisms and Methods of Polymerization – Step (condensation) polymerization – Description – Reactivity Functional Groups – Kinetic and thermodynamic considerations – Molecular weight distribution. Chain polymerization, controlled radical polymerizations (INIFERTER, ATRP, RAFT, SET). Living Polymerizations. Ziegler-Natta and metathesis polymerizations.