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Unit 1

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.

Unit 2

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.

Unit 3

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

Text Books

  1. George Odian, “Principles of Polymerization”, John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, (1991).
  2. Malcolm P. Stevens, “Polymer Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, New York, (1999).


  • Harry R Allcock and Frederick W Lampe, “Contemporary Polymer Chemistry”, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Inc., New Jersey, (1990).
  • Charles E Carraher, Jr., “Polymer Chemistry”, 5th edition, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, (2000).
  • Jayadev Sreedhar and Govariker, “Polymer Chemistry”.

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