Introduction to Polymer Science

By Prof. Dibakar Dhara   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 485
This course will educate the students on the subject of polymers that constitute one of the most important materials used presently. The course will include fundamentals of synthesis, characterization, properties and also include discussion on the applications of polymers, as well as challenges pertaining to contemporary polymer research.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Physics; Polymer Science and Technology
PREREQUISITES Basic knowledge of Chemistry (1st year level)
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : SABIC; Solvay; Asian Paints, Hindustan Unilever; Shell; Dupont; BASF; Reliance; ITC, Tata Chemicals; Dow Chemicals, GM and many others.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 17 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 26 Sep 2021
Enrollment Ends : 02 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction: Background, Nomenclature, Classifications, Molecular Weight, Examples of Applications, Principles of Polymerization
Week 2: Synthesis of Polymers: Step-Growth Polymerization, Radical Chain Polymerization
Week 3: Synthesis of Polymers: Radical Chain Polymerization (cont.), Controlled Radical Polymerization, Emulsion Polymerization.
Week 4: Synthesis of Polymers: Ionic Chain Polymerization, Coordination Polymerization, Ring-Opening Polymerization, Copolymerization
Week 5: Characterization of Polymers: Polymers in Solution, Chain Dimension, Determination of Molecular Weight
Week 6: Determination of Molecular Weight (cont.), Frictional Properties of Polymers in Solution, Hydrodynamic Size, Chemical Composition, Polymer Processing
Week 7: Phase Structure and Morphology of Bulk Polymers: Amorphous and Crystalline States, Viscoelasticity, Multicomponent Polymer Systems, Properties of Bulk Polymers.
Week 8: Properties of Bulk Polymers (Cont.): Mechanical, Optical, Electrical, Surface and Other Industrially Relevant Properties, Polymer Degradation and Stability,  Polymer Additives, Few Contemporary Topics, Challenges and Opportunities in Polymer Science.

Books and references

Introduction to Polymers, Third Edition by Robert J. Young, Peter A. Lovell, CRC Press

Instructor bio

Prof. Dibakar Dhara

IIT Kharagpur
After completing B.Sc. (Hons.) and M. Sc. in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, I carried out my doctoral research at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. I had couple of year of postdoctoral research experience at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida before joining as Polymer Engineer at General Electrics Global Research Centre at Bangalore. After spending nearly seven years at GE, I moved to IIT Kharagpur as a faculty in Chemistry department where I am at present from last eleven years. My present research interests are in the following topics Polymer Synthesis, Physical Chemistry of Polymers, Colloids and Nanomaterials.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 26 September 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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