Macromolecular Chemistry

Course Information
TitleΜΑΚΡΟΜΟΡΙΑΚΗ ΧΗΜΕΙΑ / Macromolecular Chemistry
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID40002656

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma CΗīmeías (2016-sīmera)

Registered students: 186
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
VASIKOS KYKLOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization635
CΗĪMIKĪ SYNTHESĪ-VIOCΗĪMEIA KAI VIOEFARMOGESElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)845

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
In order for a student to successfully attend this course, the following are required: Knowledge of organic chemistry, regarding nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, etc. Also, knowledge of physical chemistry regarding reaction kinetics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 1. Understand the meaning of macromolecules and the characteristics properties of macromolecules in relation to small molecules. 2. Know the repetitive chemical building block of commercial, at least, polymers. 3. Know the mechanisms by which polymerization reactions take place (i.e. chain, step polymerization), as well as the most important polymers of each class. 4. Understand the characteristics of copolymerization reactions. 5. Know the polymer additives. 6. Solve problems/exercises related to the kinetics of polymerization reactions, either free radical or step.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Design and manage projects
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1 Introduction The concept of the macromolecule. Classification and nomenclature of polymers. 2. Macromolecule structure Structural isomerism and stereoisomerism. Macromolecule structure 3. Size and shape of macromolecules Dimensions of macromolecular chains 4. Average molecular weights of polymer Molecular weight distribution and average polymer molecular weights 5. Determination of average molecular weights Experimental techniques for determining the average molecular weight and the entire molecular weight distribution of polymers 6. Solid-state of polymers Amorphous and crystalline state. Kinetics of crystallization. Glass transition temperature of polymers. 7. Polymerization reactions Similarities and differences of different polymerization reaction mechanisms. 8. Step polymerization Mechanism of reaction. Kinetics of step polymerization. Molecular weight distribution. Linear and crosslinked polymers. 9. Step polymerization polymers Polyesters, polyamides, polyurethanes, polyethers, polysulfides, urea-formaldehyde resins, phenol-formaldehyde, melamine-formaldehyde 10. Chain polymerization. Free radical polymerization Mechanism of reaction. Polymerization kinetics. Chain transfer reactions. Initiators, monomers, inhibitors, retarders. Estimation of average molecular weights and molecular weight distribution of polymers. Effect of diffusion-controlled phenomena on the polymerization reaction. 11. Anionic, cationic and stereospecific polymerization. Reaction mechanisms. 12. Polymers from chain polymerization Polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyisoprene, poly(vinyl chloride), polytetrafluoroethylene, poly (methyl methacrylate), poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate), polyacrylamide, poly(vinyl acetate), polyethers. 13. Copolymerization Copolymer composition. Reactivity ratios. Types of copolymers. Reaction kinetics. 14. Polymer additives Fillers, thermal and UV stabilizers, plasticizers, stabilizers, flame retarders. 15. Natural, conductive polymers. 15. Applications of polymers (medicine, etc.)
polymers, macromolecules, polymerization reactions, reacton kinetics, additives
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Use of computers and internet sources during the courses.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment572.3
Written assigments130.5
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Γ.Π. Καραγιαννίδης, Ε.Δ. Σιδερίδου, Χημεία Πολυμερών. Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2006 2. Δ. Αχιλιάς, 2015. Η επιστήμη των πολυμερών μέσα από λυμένες ασκήσεις. Εκδόσεις Κάλλιπος. Ανοιχτής πρόσβασης [ηλεκτρ. βιβλ.] Αθήνα:Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών. Διαθέσιμο στο:
Additional bibliography for study
HIEMENZ PAUL C. LODGE TIMOTHY P. ΧΗΜΕΙΑ ΠΟΛΥΜΕΡΩΝ Μετάφραση: Βράτολης Σ., Η. Κακουλίδης, Πρεβεδώρος Θ., Επιστημονική επιμέλεια: Αναστασιάδης Σ., Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2014
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