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Unit 1

Chemistry of Engineering Plastics : Preparation, properties and applications of ABS, polycarbonates, epoxy resins – polyamides – Nylon and Kevlar.

Chemistry of Carbon nanotubes : Introduction, carbon nanotubes – fabrication, structure, electrical properties – vibrational properties – mechanical properties – applications of carbon nanotubes.

Unit 2

Electron transfer studies in salt based conductors and magnets : Introduction – definitions and units – ferromagnets and ferrimagnets. One-dimensional conductors – quasi one and two-dimensional super conductor. Fullerides – paramagnetic conductors and superconductors. Electron transfer salt based ferromagnets: nitroxide, metallocene and ferric magnet-based ferromagnets – weak ferro magnets. Nanopore containment of magnetic particles – nanocarbon ferromagnets.

Unit 3

Functional electro active polymers : Conjugated polymers – synthesis, processing and doping of conjugated polymers: polyacetylene, polyaniline, polythiophene, poly (p-phenylenevinylene) – ionically conducting polymers – applications of conjugated polymers. Semi-conducting, poly ferrocene – photo resist optical fibers and sensors, photo chromic & thermo chromic materials.

Photochemistry in Electronics : Laws of absorption – quantum efficiency and quantum yield – florescence and phosphorescence – photosensitization.

High energy materials : Preparation, properties and application of ammonium nitrate (AN), NH4NO3, ammonium perchlorate (AP), NH4ClO4, ammonium dinitramide (AND), NH4N(NO2)2, hydrazinium nitroformate (HNF), N2H5C(NO2)3 etc.

Text Books

  1. Van Vlack, Lawrence H, “Elements of Material Science and Engineering”, 6th edition, New York Addison, Wesley, (1989).
  2. Chawla S, “A Textbook of Engineering Chemistry”, Dhanpat Rai & Co, Delhi, (2001).


  • Mark Ratner and Daniel Ratner, ‘Nano technology – A gently introduction to the next big idea’, Pearson Education, (2003).
  • Interrante L. V. and Hampden Smith M.J, ‘Chemistry of Advanced Materials’, Wiley-VCH, (1988).

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