Polymer Reaction Engineering

By Prof. Shishir Sinha   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 527
ABOUT THE COURSE : The course provides a complete overview of current and future aspects in polymer engineering. The finished polymer product properties are usually determined during the production process and hence it very essential to understand all the fundamentals and chemistry behind the polymerization process. Various terms such as reaction initiation, propagation, termination, reaction kinetics, thermal kinetics, molecular weight, and physical features such as microstructures, morphology, tensile and fractural strength etc. will be discussed in this course. The general polymerization concepts, principles, kinetics and methodology will be discussed through various examples.
The course will be helpful for polymer and chemical engineer, students and industries for the advancement in the concepts related to polymer reaction engineering.

Chemical Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Technology, Mechanical Engineering
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Useful for all polymer industries and companies related to surface and interfacial technology such as plastic, paints, rubber, resin, adhesive, and advanced polymeric material industries.Reliance Industries Limited ;GAIL India Limited and many more
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to polymerization process: classification of polymers, Short history, monomer and its distribution, Polymer and its composition, Isomerism in polymers
Week 2:  Bonding forces in polymers, Molecular weight and its distribution, control of polymer synthesis; thermodynamic and kinetic control, diffusion control, polymer end chain control & polymerization process, control strategies
Week 3: Morphology of polymers, Introduction to reactor design, Interpretation of batch reactor data; Rate equations, Kinetic equations for unimolecular irreversible different order reaction such as Zero order, first order 
Week 4: Interpretation of batch reactor data; Kinetic equations for unimolecular & bimolecular irreversible different order reaction such as second order& nth order, Half -life, varying and constant volume reaction system, Design equations for ideal reactors, namely batch, CSTR, plug flow, design equation for single reaction systems using batch and semi batch, CSTR, PFR, Multiple reactor system; reactor in series and parallel, Preference of type of reactor used, Best arrangement in ideal reactors
Week 5: Recycle reactor, Auto catalytic reactions, Design for multiple reactions: Parallel and series reactions, quantitative and qualitative treatment of product distribution and of reactor size for different types of ideal reactors, selectivity and yield, reactors in series and parallel for single reaction system, related problems
Week 6: Problems; related to reaction kinetics, series and parallel reaction and multiple reactor systems, Reaction engineering of step growth polymerization:Basic properties & Examples of commercially important polymers, Reactivity of functional groups Kinetics of step polymerization, Self-Catalyzed Polymerization, External Catalysis of Polymerization,Effect of Nonequivalence of Functional Groups, Accessibility of functional groups, Equilibrium considerations, Cyclization versus linear polymerization
Week 7: Step growth polymerization; Molecular weight control in linear polymerization, Molecular weight distribution in linear & non-linear polymerization, Introduction to radical chain polymerization, Basic concepts of resonance, Comparison between radical and step polymerization, Comparison between radical and ionic chain polymerization, Thermodynamic and kinetic aspect of Radical Chain Polymerization, Effect of Substituents, Modes of Propagation of Monomer Units, Experimental Facts from Literature, Synthesis of Head-to-Head Polymers, Polymerization Sequence: Initiation, Propagation, Termination 
Week 8: Radical chain polymerization; Rate Expression, Cage Efficiency, Determination of Rate of polymerization, Precipitation of Polymer, Polymer and Process Analysis for polymerization, Initiation, Stability and Half Life of Initiators, Dependence of Polymerization Rate on Initiator, Dependence on Monomer, Initiation in aqueous media,
Week 9: Redox Initiation (cont.), Initiation in non-aqueous media,Rate of Redox polymerization, Photochemical Initiation
Photosensitizer, Mechanism of Photo-initiation, Rate of Photo-polymerization, Absorbed light Measurement, Initiation by Ionizing Radiation, Other initiation techniques, Electrolytic polymerization, Plasma polymerization, Sonication, Kinetic Chain Length and other important terms, Heterogenous Polymerization: Precipitation, Suspension
Week 10: Heterogenous Polymerization: Precipitation, Suspension (cont.) & Emulsion Polymerization; microstructural feature, factors affecting the emulsion polymerization, process of emulsion polymerization, mechanism kinetic and thermodynamics, Model, surface active agents, process, population balance, Physical properties and phase equilibrium calculations
Week 11: Emulsion Polymerization; particle nucleation, morphology, types of reactors used for emulsion polymerization, performance of emulsion, polymerization reactors, Population balance, Implementation of emulsion polymerization, Ionic Chain Polymerization: Comparison between radical and ionic chain polymerization, Living and Dormant polymers and polymerizability
Week 12: Ionic Chain Polymerization: classification of ionic species, effect of solvents, conductance studies, initiation and propagation in ionic polymerization, effect of solvating agent, Heat and Entropy of dissociation of ionic pairs, types of ions, cationic polymerization, Chain

Books and references

• Odian G., 2002, “Principles of Polymerization”, John Wiley & Sons.
• Billmayer, F. W., Text Book of Polymer Science 3rd Edition, Willey 1984 Inter Science, New York
• Pauer, Werner (Ed.), 2018, Polymer Reaction Engineering of Dispersed Systems, Springer publications| ISBN 978-3-319-96436-2
• José M. Asua, 2007,Polymer Reaction Engineering, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
• Thierry Meyer and Jos Keurentjes, 2005, Handbook of polymer Reaction engineering, Wiley-VCH
• Beisenberger J. A. and Sebastian D.H.; “Principles of Polymerization Engineering”, John Wiley& Sons

Instructor bio

Prof. Shishir Sinha

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Shishir Sinha is presently working as Professor and Head in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He has been teaching the courses related to Process Utilities and Safety, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics and safe Operation to Petroleum industries to undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 12 years.

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: 
30 April 2023 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 Roorkee.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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