Teaching Polymer Chemistry: Revisiting the Syllabus


As anyone who has taught polymer chemistry to undergraduate students might already appreciate, we are faced with inherent difficulties in clearly communicating the subject matter due its interdisciplinary character. This paper is thus aimed at proposing a new educational plan to teach this fundamental course in order to overcome some inherent obstacles. It is especially devoted to professors in charge of teaching a first course in polymer chemistry. We intend to emphasize polymerization by beginning with the simplest chemical pathway, namely the living anionic polymerization. In addition, some pedagogical difficulties are outlined all along this paper. This novel and distinct way to teach polymer chemistry makes the students with a background in organic chemistry more equipped to face difficulties arising from the introduction of new concepts.

Share and Cite:

T. Hamaide, Y. Holl, L. Fontaine, J. Six and A. Soldera, "Teaching Polymer Chemistry: Revisiting the Syllabus," Open Journal of Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 132-143. doi: 10.4236/ojpchem.2012.24018.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] GFP-Polymer French Association. http://www.gfp.asso.fr
[2] T. Hamaide, “Some Ideas about the Teaching of Macromolecular Chemistry,” L’Actualité Chimique, No. 319, 2008, pp. 15-24.
[3] H. Cramail, J. L. Six, L. Fontaine and L. T. Hamaide, “Glasgow,” IUPAC Macro, Glasgow, 2010.
[4] http://goldbook.iupac.org/
[5] S. Penczek and S. G. Moad, “Glossary of Terms Related to Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Mechanisms of Polymerization,” Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 80, No. 10, 2008, pp. 2163-2193. doi:10.1351/pac200880102163
[6] K. Horie, et al., “Definitions of Terms Relating to Reactions of Polymers and to Functional Polymeric Materials,” Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vol. 76, No. 4, 2004, pp. 889–906.
[7] “Glossary of Basic Terms in Polymer Science,” IUPAC Recommendations. http://goldbook.iupac.org/src_PAC1996682287.html
[8] M. M. Coleman and P. C. Painter, “Fundamentals of Polymer Science: An Introductory Text,” CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, 1997.
[9] F. Reif, “Berkeley. Cours de Physique, Physique Statistique,” Armand Colin, Paris, Vol. 5, 1994, pp 350-356
[10] J. P. Pascault, H. Henry Sautereau, J. Verdu and R. J. J. J. Williams, “Thermosetting Polymers,” CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002. doi:10.1201/9780203908402

Copyright © 2023 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.