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  • Derive from title

  • Multiple word “keywords”

  • e.g. polysilsesquioxane low earth orbit

  • Brain storm synonyms

  • Without focus = too many unrelated hits

  • If you haven’t already, get it to me today.

Research paper topics
Research paper topics

  • 3D Stereolithography with polymers

  • Plastic concrete – preparation, properties & applications.

  • Biocompatibility of silicones

  • Teflon and fluoropolymers –from Heaven or Hell?

  • Piezoelectric polymers- how they are made, why they are piezoelectric , and applications.

  • Plastic in the oceans. How long do plastics last and where do they end up?

  • Plastic hermetic seals

  • Gas separation membranes through phase inversion

  • Thermally induced phase separation of polymeric foams.

  • The strongest plastic

  • Major catastrophe(s) due to a polymer

  • Replacing ivory with plastic (comparison of composition, structure and properties)

  • Plastic explosives and rocket fuels


  • Polymers from soybeans

  • Furan based polymers from corn

  • Bacterial and fungal attack on polymers

  • Conducting polymers, new metallic materials

  • Semiconducting polymers for PV

  • Semiconducting polymers for OLED’s

  • Polymers for stealth

  • Polymers for fire protection

  • Smart polymers that change properties with external stimuli

  • Reworkable, healable or removable polymers

  • Photoresists


  • Name files with your last name, and HWK#

  • Within file, your name, HWK title, descriptive information (like the title of you paper topic)

    -Never make your audience work

Bibliography homework
Bibliography homework

  • Due on 27th at 11:59 PM

  • Based on your keyword search

  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. format with title

    e.g. Doe, J., Smith, J. “Proper bibliographies for Professor Loy’s class,” J. Obsc. Academ. B. S. 2012, 1, 234.

    Recommend endnote or pages or biblio.



An established body of knowledge which masquerades as science in an attempt to claim a legitimacy which it would not otherwise be able to achieve on its own terms; it is often known as fringe- or alternative science. The most important of its defects is usually the lack of the carefully controlled and thoughtfully interpreted experiments which provide the foundation of the natural sciences and which contribute to their advancement.

Johathan Hope: Theodorus' Spiral (2003)

Examples of pseudoscience:

Intelligent design, polywater, cold fusion, N-rays,

Creationism, holistic medicine, etc…

Detecting baloney
Detecting Baloney

  • The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media.

    • No peer review or testing of claims is possible

  • The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work.

  • The scientific effect involved is always at the very limit of detection.

    • At signal noise & no one else can replicate

    • Requires unique instrumentation or experience

  • Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal.

  • The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has endured for centuries.

  • The discoverer has worked in isolation.

  • The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation.


Polymer Phase Diagrams

Solid: amorphous glass (below glass trans) or crystalline

& Liquid (above melting point)


Polymer Tacticity: Stereochemical configuration

• typical for addition or chain growth polymers

• not for typical condensation or step growth polymers


Polymer Tacticity: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Free radical - atactic

Anionic - isotactic



Why is this important
Why is this important?

  • Tacticity affects the physical properties

    • Atactic polymers will generally be amorphous, soft, flexible materials

    • Isotactic and syndiotactic polymers will be more crystalline, thus harder and less flexible

  • Polypropylene (PP) is a good example

    • Atactic PP is a low melting, gooey material

    • Isoatactic PP is high melting (176º), crystalline, tough material that is industrially useful

    • Syndiotactic PP has similar properties, but is very clear. It is harder to synthesize

Chapter 2 synthesis of polymers

Chapter 2: Synthesis of Polymers

Two major classes of polymerization mechanisms

1) Step Growth

2) Chain Growth

Step growth polymerization condensation
Step Growth Polymerization: Condensation

Poly(ethylene terephthalate)

or PET or PETE = polyester

Two equivalents of water is lost or condensed for each equivalent of monomers

Step growth polymerization condensation1
Step Growth Polymerization: Condensation

Biaxially stretched PETE is “Mylar”

Step growth systems
Step growth systems

  • Epoxies

  • Polyurethanes & ureas

  • Nylon & polyesters

  • Kevlar

  • Polyaryl ethers (PEEK)

  • Polysulphones

  • Polyimides

  • Polythiophenes & Photovoltaic polymers

  • Polysulfides and polyphenyl ether


Mechanics of Step Growth:

• Many monomers

• All are reactive

Mole fraction Conversion = 1 – [COCl]/[COCl]0

Each has functionality of 2;

Can make two bonds

Linear, soluble Nylon polymer


Mechanics of Step Growth:

34 COCl groups; p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 0 conversion


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer & Dimers

30 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-30/34 = 0.11


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer & Dimers & Trimers

19 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-19/34 = 0.44


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, & Tetramers

13 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-13/34 = 0.62


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, Tetramers & Higher

7 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-7/34 = 0.80


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, Tetramers & Higher

3 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-3/34 = 0.91


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, Tetramers & Higher

1 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-1/34 = 0.97


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, Tetramers & Higher

If R = R’ = Phenylene = Kevlar

Mw = 4014 g/mol

1 reactive groups p = 1 - [COCl]/[COCl]0 = 1-1/34 = 0.97

Step growth polymerization
Step-Growth Polymerization Tetramers & Higher

  • Because high polymer does not form until the end of the reaction, high molecular weight polymer is not obtained unless high conversion of monomer is achieved.

Xn = Degree of polymerization

p = mole fraction monomer conversion


Degree of Polymerization for step growth polymers Tetramers & Higher

X = [COCl]0/[COCl] = 1/1-p


Mechanics of Step Growth: Monomer, Dimers, Trimers, Tetramers & Higher

If R = R’ = Phenylene = Kevlar

Mw = 4014 g/mol

X or DP = 1/(1-p) = 1/1-0.97 = 1/0.03 = 33

Impact of percent reaction p on dp
Impact of percent reaction, p, on DP Tetramers & Higher

Degree of Polymerization, D.P. = No / N = 1 / (1 - p)

Assuming perfect stoichiometry

DPmax= (1 + r) / (1 - r) where r molar ratio of reactants

if r = [Diacid] / [diol] = 0.99, then DPmax= 199

Problems in achieving high d p
Problems in Achieving High D. P. Tetramers & Higher

1. Non-equivalence of functional groups

a. Monomer impurities

1. Inert impurities (adjust stoichiometry)

2. Monofunctional units terminate chain

b. Loss of end groups by degradation

c. Loss of end groups by side reactions with media

d. Physical losses

e. Non-equivalent reactivity

f. Cyclization

. Unfavorable Equilibrium Constant

Impact of thermodynamics
Impact of Thermodynamics Tetramers & Higher

  • Esters from Acids and alcohols Keq = 1-10

  • Amides from Acids and amines Keq = 10-1000

  • Amides or esters from acid chlorides, Keq >104


Interfacial Polymerization: Nylon Rope trick Tetramers & Higher

Driving Reactions forward with physics


Biaxially stretched PETE is “Mylar” Tetramers & Higher

Tg = 70 °C

Tm = 265 °C

Tg < 0 °C

Tm = 50 °C

Step growth polymerization condensation2
Step Growth Polymerization: Condensation Tetramers & Higher

Each reaction occurs at approximately the same rate.

Any monomer or growing oligomer can participate

Step growth polymerization condensation3
Step Growth Polymerization: Condensation Tetramers & Higher

Impurities will kill growth and limit molecular weight

Delayed commercialization of condensation polymers


The Guy who got the ball rolling Tetramers & Higher



Polychoroprene (Neoprene)

Dr. Wallace Hume Caruthers

Head of DuPont Organic research Labs

50 patents

More step growth condensation polymers their monomers
More Step Growth (Condensation) Polymers & their monomers Tetramers & Higher


Tg = NA

Tm = 500 °C

Twaron (AKZO)

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (DuPont)

Nomex and Technora

Polyamides via condensation nylon 66
Polyamides via Condensation -- Nylon 66 Tetramers & Higher

mp. 265C, Tg 50C, MW 12-15,000

Unoriented elongation 780%

More step growth condensation polymers their monomers1
More Step Growth (Condensation) Polymers & their monomers Tetramers & Higher

Tg = 150 °C

Tm = 267 °C

Two phase: interfacial polymerization

More step growth condensation polymers their monomers2
More Step Growth (Condensation) Polymers & their monomers Tetramers & Higher

Mw = 60-250K

Tg = 200 °C; Films pressed at 250 °C

Use temperature < 175 °C

Stable in air to 500 °C


Polyphenylene oxide ppo
Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) monomers

Oxidative Coupling Process

Mn 30,000 to 120,000

Amorphous , Tg  210C Crystalline, Tm  270C

Brittle point  -170C

Thermally Stable to  370C

Noryl is a blend with polystyrene

Step growth polymers
Step Growth Polymers monomers

  • Polyesters, polyamides, engineering plastics such as polysulfones, polyetherether ketones (PEEK), polyurethanes.

  • Condensation often occurs.

  • Polymerization affords high MW late in the game


Step-Growth monomers

Non-Condensation Polymerization



1,4-toluenediisocyanate + 1,3-propanediol


Functionalities > 2: Crosslinking into networks monomers



f = 3

Thermosets monomers

  • Urethanes

  • Epoxies

  • Polyesters (2-stage)

  • Formaldehyde-aromatic

  • Melamine-formaldehyde

Generally: Start as low viscosity liquids (low Mw)

And set or cure to form glassy “vitrified” solids.

Gelation f 2
Gelation: f > 2 monomers

  • If f > 2

  • No cyclics form

    then an infinite network is possible

    (unless it phase separates!!!)


Functionality Higher than Two monomers

Phase separation = gels, glasses, or precipitates

Due to chemical bonding


Functionality = Two: Linear polymers monomers

Physical gels may form due to poor solubility of polymer


Functionality = Three: Cyclization monomers

Lowers functionality & delays (or even prevents) gelation

Gel point = 1/(f -1) = 1/2 or 50% conversion

If cyclics present, gel point is higher.

Addition polymerizations
Addition Polymerizations monomers

1) Catalyzed polymerization

free radical




2) Active group on end of polymer

3) MW increases more rapidly

4) Cheap & easier than step growth

5) Enthalpically favorable

Free radical polymerizations
Free Radical Polymerizations monomers

  • Initiators (catalyst):

    • Thermal: azo compounds, peroxides,

    • Redox: persulfates

    • Photochemical: azo, peroxides, amine/ketone mixtures

  • Monomers

Free radical mechanism
Free radical Mechanism monomers


Ea = 140 – 160 kJ mol-1

Kd = 8 x 10-5 s-1

t1/2 = 10 h at 64 °C


kp = 102 - 104 L/mol s


kt = 106 - 108 L/mol s

Free radical polymerization kinetics
Free Radical Polymerization Kinetics monomers

Rp ∝ [M]; Rp ∝ [I]1/2





Living radical polymerizations
Living Radical Polymerizations: monomers

MW increases linearly with time

Narrow Mw distributions

Block copolymers

  • Atom TransfeR Polymerization (ATRP)

  • Polymerization (RAFT)


Lower concentration of propagating species

Lower termination rate

Cationic polymerizations
Cationic Polymerizations: monomers

Vinyl polymerization

Ring opening polymerization

Coordination polymerizations
Coordination Polymerizations: monomers

Transition Metal Mediated Polymerizations

-Ziegler Natta polymerizations (Early TM)

-ring opening metathesis polymerization (metal


-Insertion polymerizations (mid to late TM’s)


Ziegler Natta Polymerizations monomers

  • ZN are heterogeneous; solid catalysts

  • Catalytic polymerizations

  • Early TM halide, AlR3 on MgCl2

  • Polypropylene and HDPE

  • Highly productive: 106g polymer/gram catalyst-hour

  • 10,000 turn overs/second (enzyme like speed)-diffusion limited

  • Stereochemical control:

Karl Ziegler (1898-1973)

iso or syndiotactic polymers

Giulio Natta (1903-1979)

Ziegler natta monomers
Ziegler Natta Monomers monomers

Not compatible with heteroatoms (O,N,S,etc)

Polymers synthesized with complex coordination catalysts

Plastics monomers

Polyethylene, high density (HDPE)

Polypropylene, isotactic

Polystyrene, syndiotactic

Polymers Synthesized with Complex Coordination Catalysts

Bottles, drums, pipes, sheet, film, etc.

Automobile and appliance parts, rope, carpeting

Specialty plastics

Ring opening metathesis
Ring Opening Metathesis monomers

  • Strained Rings with C=C bonds

  • Metal alkylidene catalysts

    • Ti, Mo, W alkylidenes (Schrock catalysts)

    • Ruthenium alkylidenes (Grubbs catalysts)

  • Living polymerizations

Acyclic diene metathesis polymerization
Acyclic Diene Metathesis Polymerization monomers

Coordination-Condensation polymerization

Ethylene gas is produced

Not commerciallized

Redox polymerizations
Redox Polymerizations monomers


Redox polymerizations1
Redox Polymerizations monomers


When acid doped: conducting polymer

Polymerization techniques
Polymerization Techniques monomers

  • Bulk-no solvent just monomer + catalysts

  • Solution Polymerization-in solvent

  • Suspension-micron-millimeter spheres

  • Emulsion-ultrasmall spheres

Less common polymerization techniques
Less Common Polymerization Techniques monomers

  • Solid state polymerization

    • Polymerization of crystalline monomers

      • Diacetylene crystals

  • Gas Phase polymerization

    • Parylene polymerizations

  • Plasma polymerization

    • Put anything in a plasma

Characterization of polymers
Characterization of Polymers monomers

  • 1H & 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR)

  • Infrared spectroscopy (Fourier Transform IR)

  • Elemental or combustion analyses

  • Molecular weight

Polymerization techniques1
Polymerization Techniques monomers

  • Bulk-no solvent just monomer + catalysts

  • Solution Polymerization-in solvent

  • Suspension-micron-millimeter spheres

  • Emulsion-ultrasmall spheres

Bulk polymerizations
Bulk Polymerizations monomers


Overheat & explode with scale up

No solvent-just monomer

Polymer usually vitrifies before done

Broad MW distribution

Acrylic sheets by Bulk polymerization of MMA


Storage of vinyl monomers in air = peroxide initiated polymerizations

Tankcar of styrene

2005 in Ohio

Solution polymerization
Solution Polymerization polymerizations

• Better control of reaction temperature

• Better control of polymerization

• Slower

• Not very green-residual solvent

Suspension polymerization
Suspension Polymerization polymerizations

  • Oil droplets dispersed in water

  • Initiator soluble in oil

  • Greener than solution polymerization

Filter off particles of polymer

Emulsion polymerization
Emulsion Polymerization polymerizations

Still oil in water (or the reverse)

Initiator in water

Smaller particles (latex)

Excellent control of temp

Solution turns white

Polystyrene latex


Suspension polymerizations




Monomer in oil

Monomer in oil

Monomer in oil

Monomer in oil

Initiator in oil

Initiator in water

Initiator in water

Initiator in water

Less common polymerization techniques1
Less Common Polymerization Techniques polymerizations

  • Solid state polymerization

    • Polymerization of crystalline monomers

      • Diacetylene crystals

  • Gas Phase polymerization

    • Parylene polymerizations

  • Plasma polymerization

    • Put anything in a plasma

Solid state polymerizations
Solid State Polymerizations polymerizations

Heating Oligomeric Condensation Polymers

Tg < X < Tm

Tg = 67 °C and Tm = 265 °C

Nylons, Polyesters

Nylon 66 Tg = 70 °C and Tm = 264 °C

Solid state polymerizations1
Solid State Polymerizations polymerizations

Topological Polymerizations: Polymerization of crystals

Quinodimethane polymerizations

Di- and Triacetylene polymerizations

In single crystals

Solid state polymerizations of fullerenes
Solid State Polymerizations of Fullerenes polymerizations

Topological polymerization in 3-D

Gas phase polymerization
Gas Phase Polymerization polymerizations

Light olefins


Light olefins
LIGHT OLEFINS polymerizations

Ethylene and propylene

• Food Packaging

• Hygiene & Medical

• Consumer & Ind. Liners

• Stretch Films

• Agricultural Films



2004 Global PE Demand: 136 Billion Pounds


Types of Polyethylene polymerizations

LLDPE (0.860-0.926)

“Linear Low Density”

HDPE (0.940-0.965)

“High Density”













LDPE (0.915-0.930)

“Low Density”

High Pressure Copolymers

(AA, VA, MA, EA)

Gas phase polymerization light olefins
Gas Phase Polymerization polymerizations: Light olefins

Oxygen initiator

2-3K atmospheres

250 °C

Gas phase polymerization light olefins1
Gas Phase Polymerization polymerizations: Light olefins

Fluidized bed polymerization


Gas phase polymerization paralene
Gas Phase Polymerization polymerizations: Paralene

Gas phase

Polymerizes on contact

Conformal coatings

Pinhole free

Preserving artifacts (paper)


Medical devices

Plasma polymerization1
Plasma Polymerization polymerizations

  • 500 Å - 1 micron thick films

  • Continuous coatings

  • Solvent free

  • High cohesion to surface

  • Highly cross-linked

  • Generally amorphous

Plasma polymerization2
Plasma Polymerization polymerizations

Monomers: Hydrocarbons

Double or triple bonds nice, not necessary


Tetraalkoxysilanes (for silica)

Plasma polymerization3
Plasma Polymerization polymerizations

Fig 2. Tubular-type reactors

Fig1. Bell-jar type reactors

P- pumps; PS-power supply; S-substrate

M-feed gas inlet; G-vacuum gauge

Plasma polymerization4
Plasma Polymerization polymerizations

PET [Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate)]

Multi-layer bottles

No loss of fizz

Characterization of polymers1
Characterization of Polymers polymerizations

  • 1H & 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR)

  • Infrared spectroscopy (Fourier Transform IR)

  • Elemental or combustion analyses

  • Molecular weight


13 polymerizationsC NMR is a very powerful way to determine the microstructure of a polymer.

13C NMR spectrum of CH3 region of atactic polypropylene

Infrared spectroscopy bond vibrations
Infrared Spectroscopy: Bond vibrations polymerizations






2-16 Micron wavelength range

Infrared spectroscopy bond vibrations1
Infrared Spectroscopy: Bond vibrations polymerizations

C-H bend





Poly(methyl methacrylate)

Chemical modification of polymers
Chemical Modification of Polymers polymerizations


2) Oxidation

3) Photochemistry

(can be oxidation or not)

4) Chemical crosslinking

5) Chemical modification

See next slide


Chemical Modification of Polyvinyl Alcohol to make Polyvinyl butyral for safety glass


With PVB


Bullet Proof Glass butyral for safety glass


Making bullet proof glass butyral for safety glass

glass, laminates and polycarbonate sheets are interlaid in a clean room to ensure clarity. In our large autoclave, superheated steam seals the layers together.


Polycarbonate is butyral for safety glass

Strong Material

Young's modulus (E) 2-2.4 Gpa

Tensile strength (σt) 55-75 Mpa

Exploding cd s
Exploding CD’s butyral for safety glass

Mythbusters:> 23,000 rpm CD will shatter

Scratches or defects are the culprit

52X drive -MAX: 27,500 rpm

typical: 11,000 rpm

10,000 RPM = 65 m/s = 145 mph

7200 gravities of acceleration

And approx. 5 MPa stress

Yield Strength 60 MPa


Nalgene butyral for safety glass

Polycarbonate properties
Polycarbonate Properties butyral for safety glass

Density: 1.2 g/cc

Young's modulus (E) 2-2.4 Gpa

Tensile strength (σt) 55-75 Mpa

Elongation (ε) @ break 80-150%

Glass transition (Tg) 150 °C

Melting (Tm) 267 °C

Upper working temperature 115-130 °C



Bisphenol and Endocrine System butyral for safety glass

100-250 g bisphenol per Liter water in water bottles

20 g/Liter per day can disrupt mouse development

vom Saal, F.S., Richter, C.A., Ruhlen, R.R. Nagel, S.C. and Welshons, W.V. Disruption of laboratory experiments due to leaching of bisphenol a from polycarbonate cages and bottles and uncontrolled variability in components of animal feed. Proceedings from the International Workshop on Development of Science-Based Guidelines for Laboratory Animal Care, National Academies Press, Washington DC, 65-69, 2004.

Immune system

Antioxidant enzymes

Decreases plasma testosterone

Learning disabilities

vom Saal, F.S., Nagel, S.C., Timms, B.G. and Welshons, W.V. Implications for human health of the extensive bisphenol A literature showing adverse effects at low doses: A response to attempts to mislead the public. Toxicology, 212:244-252, 2005.

Nalgene substitutes food and water
Nalgene Substitutes-food and water butyral for safety glass

  • Glass (blender, pitchers, glasses)

  • Metal (water bottles)

  • Polyethylene (water bottles)

  • Polyamide or Nylon (baby bottles)