Chemical Engineering 764


Ms. Wilma Turner

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Chemical Engineering 764 – Introduction to Polymers

5 Credit Hours

University of Missouri – Rolla, Fall 2007


Lectures:      MWF 9:00 – 10:00 AM                 Lab:  F 2:00 – 5:00 PM

                    Chemistry Bldg., Room 233                    Chemistry Bldg., Room 357


Instructor:    Prof. H. K. Yasuda

                    Office Hours: T/TH 1:00 – 3:00 PM

                    Chemistry Bldg., Room 642


Make an appointment for another convenient time with the department secretary.


Purposes and characteristics of the course:

This course is designed to introduce students to the chemical and physical characteristics of polymers, their applications and uses, and techniques of their industrial manufacture.  This will be accomplished through assigned readings, lectures, laboratory exercises, individual research, and one field trip.


Goals of the course:

As a result of successfully completing this course, the student should

1.           Know the theoretical foundations of polymer chemistry;

2.           Understand the chemical engineering of producing polymers in the laboratory and in industry;

3.           Be able to produce several basic polymers under controlled laboratory conditions.


Required texts:

Yasuda, H. K., Essentials of Polymer Chemistry.  Baltimore:  William Wilkins & Co. 

          Third Edition, 1985.

Oostendorp, David J.,  A Laboratory Manual of Polymer Production Techniques. 

          Columbia, Missouri:  University of Missouri Press, 1986

Poling, Bruce, Robert Mollenkamp, and Sheila Witt, Handbook of Polymer Chemical &        Physical Characteristics with Applications.  (Plus Annual Loose-leaf

          Supplements)  New York:  American Society of Chemical Engineers, 1982


NOTE:  In addition to reading assigned chapters in preparation for lectures and laboratory exercises, students will be responsible for knowing thoroughly the complete contents of all the required texts.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is required at all lectures, laboratory sessions, and the field trip.  Roll will be taken.  Unexcused absences will result in serious reduction of grades.  Except in the case of genuine emergencies (the instructor will define “genuine” and “emergency” at his discretion), arrangements for an excused absence must be made in advance.


Field Trip

The instructor, through the department, will make arrangements for transportation and excused absences from other classes.


Components of requirements and bases for final grade:

1.           Mid-term written exam (15% of final grade).

2.           Cumulative Final exam (40% of final grade).

3.           Successful completion of all laboratory assignments (30% of final grade).

4.           Term paper on the history of the development and application (uses) of a particular polymer.  10 typewritten pages minimum, 15 maximum.  The specific polymer will be selected by the student with the approval of the instructor (15% of final grade).


Note on grading policy:  Grades will be calculated on an absolute standard: 90% - 100% = A:  80% - 90% = B; etc.  Grades will be curved only if the overall class performance on a test or assignment is so poor that it is manifest that the test or assignment was unfair.  Even so, an “A” grade will require a minimum of 90%.  (An “A” is an “A”, is an “A”).


Course Schedule:

          Note:  This schedule is flexible.  The instructor reserves the right to alter it during the



Week 1:  Review of general organic chemistry

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 1

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment I


Week 2:  The chemistry of large molecules

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapters 2 & 3

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment II 


Week 3:  Raw materials for the production of polymers

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 4

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment III


Week 4:  Textile Polymers

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 5

            Lab:            Oostendorp, Experiment IV


Week 5:  Textile Polymers, continued

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 6 and Poling, Material on specific polymers discussed in


          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment V



Week 6:  Textile Polymers, continued

Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 7 and Poling, Material on specific polymers discussed in


          Lab:    Oostendorp, Experiment VI


Week 7:  Monday:  Field trip to DuPont plant in St. Louis.  Wednesday: No class

              Instructor is available for individual conferences.  Last day for decision on specific

              term paper topic.

              Friday:  Mid-term exam.  No laboratory


Week 8:  Smooth-walled polymers for medical applications

           Reading:      Yasuda, Chapter 8 and Poling, applicable material

           Lab:             Oostendorp, Experiment VII


Week 9:  Thermal isulative polymers

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 9 and Poling, applicable material

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment VIII


Week 10:  Electrical isulative polymers

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 10 and Poling, applicable material

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment IX


Week 11:  Electro-conductive polymers

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 11 and Poling, applicable material

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment X


Week 12:  Polymer chemistry and plasma physics

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 12 & 13

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment XI


Week 13:  Industrial manufacturing/production processes

          Reading:       Yasuda, Chapter 14 & 15

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment XII


Week 14:  Results and direction latest polymer research and experimentation

          Reading:       Journal articles to be assigned in advance of the topic

          Lab:              Oostendorp, Experiment XIII


Week 15: “Expansion Joint” - - Opportunity to catch up if lectures have fallen behind


          NO LAB - - opportunity to finish any late or unfinished experiments

          MONDAY:  Last day to turn in term papers





Student Academic Regulations

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Academic Dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage.

If you have additional questions regarding these issues, please contact Vice Provost Harvest L. Collier in the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 341-7276 or .


Academic Alert System:
The purpose of the Academic Alert System is to improve the overall academic success of students by improving communication among students, instructors and advisors; reducing the time required for students to be informed of their academic status; and informing students of actions necessary by them in order to meet the academic requirements in their courses.


Disability Support Services:
If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, you are strongly encouraged to meet with me early in the semester. You will need to request that the Disability Services staff send a letter to me verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will need before we can arrange your accommodation. Disability Support Services is located in 204 Norwood Hall. Their phone number is 341-4211 and their email is


Accommodation: If you have a documented disability for which you require accommodation, you need to contact the instructors immediately.  Please take care of this within the first two weeks of class.


“Egress Route” for use in campus emergencies: