Chemistry | Seminar: Organic Chemistry
C648 | ALL | Carroll

P:  Consent of instructor.

Recent developments in such areas as sulfur compounds, heterocycles, stereochemistry, polymers, and synthesis.

Topic:  Polymer Chemistry and Plastics Technology
The student will learn about:
1) polymer types and methods of industrial synthesis
2) measurement and utility of polymer properties
3) common methods of design, compounding and fabrication of plastic articles
4) public policy issues related to plastics, especially waste disposal and recycling

Specific sections of the course will include:  Chemical and physical properties; molecular, micro and macro scale; thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers; addition polymers, step-growth polymers, polymerization methods, additives and compounding, extrusion and molding techniques.

The successful student will be able to explain the origin of everyday plastic articles and packaging, and will be comfortable in technical conversation with representatives of industrial manufacturers of plastics.