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.
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.