Spring 2022 - CHEM 442 D100

Polymeric Materials Chemistry (3)

Class Number: 6622

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 282 or 283, with a minimum grade of C-.



The course covers the detailed chemistry of polymers, including polymer structure, studies of polymer solutions, molecular weight determination, and the synthesis of polymers. In addition, topics of current interest in polymer science will be discussed. Quantitative.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Instruction:

3 lecture hours/week
Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus


Section I. Polymer Structure
Section II. Microstructure and Chain Conformation of Polymers
Section III. Polymers in Solution
Section IV. Determination of Molecular Weights
Section V. Synthesis of Polymers
Section VI. Special Topics in Polymer Science

Combined graduate course: CHEM 742 - Polymeric Materials (3)


  • Midterm Exam 1 25%
  • Midterm Exam 2 25%
  • Final Exam 50%
  • 3-5 Assignments 0%


Students will complete and self-evaluate three to five assignments.



H. R. Allcock. Contemporary Polymer Chemistry. 3rd Edition. 2003. Publisher: Prentice Hall.

This is a good, general source on the principles of polymer chemistry. Copies of the textbook are available on reserve at the library. Students are not required to purchase an individual copy of the textbook, unless they want their own copy to annotate.


  • H.R. Allcock, Contemporary Polymer Chemistry, QD 381 A44 (3 copies)
  • G.C. Odian, Principles of Polymerization, QD 281 P6 O3 (4 copies)
  • A. Rudin, Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering, QD 381 R8 (2 copies)
  • R.B. Seymour, Polymer Chemistry; An Introduction, QD 381 S483 (2 copies)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:


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