Chemistry | Special Topics in Chemistry
C498 | ALL | Carroll

Prerequisites:  consent of instructor, section authorization required.

Topics in chemistry and biochemistry that vary with each offering of
this course.

Topic:  Polymer Chemistry
The student will learn about:  1) polymer types and methods of
industrial synthesis; 20 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 water 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,
polymerizartion 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.

May be repeated with different Topic for the maximum of 3 hours.