Newer Polymers and Polymerizations: Polymeric Liquid Crystals - Inorganic and Organometallic polymers - Synthesis and reactions of Phosphorus - Nitrogen polymers - Boron - Silicone polymers. Cyclisation versus Linear Polymerization - Molecular weight control in linear polymerization - Molecular weight distribution in linear polymerization - Molecular weight distributions in nonlinear polymerization - Multichain Polymerization - Metallocene Polymerization.
Solid-state irradiation polymerization - Atom transfer radical polymerization - Plasma Polymerization - Zwitterionic Polymerization - Isomerization polymerization - Polymer supported solid phase reactions - Merrifield method.
Polymer degradation and stabilization: Mechanism of different types of degradation - Commonly used antidegradants and the mechanism of their stabilization.
Polymer solutions: Criteria for solubility - Heat of Dissolution and Solubility parameters - Conformation of polymer chains in solutions - Nature of polymer molecules in solution - Size and shape of macromolecules in solution - Thermodynamics of polymer solutions - Phase equilibria - Entropy and heats of mixing of polymer solutions - Effect of molecular weight on solubility - Solubility of crystalline and amorphous polymers - Flory Huggins theory of polymer solution, Equation of state theory, Flory Krigbaum theory and cluster type theory - Viscosity of dilute polymer solutions