Course Title : Polymer Supermolecular Structure

Code 10H616
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Class day & Period Tue 3rd
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor Hirokazu Hasegawa,Mikihito Takenaka,

Course Description

Polymers self-assemble or self-organize by intra- and/or intermolecular interaction to form assembled structures of polymer molecules. Such structures are closely related to the properties of the polymeric materials, it is necessary to control the assembled structures of the constituent polymer molecules in order to control the properties of polymeric materials, especially solid materials. In this lecture particularly, formation mechanisms, analytical techniques, and elucidated structures of crystalline polymers, phase-separated structures of polymer mixtures, microphase-separated structures of block and graft copolymers will be discussed.


The grading is based on the short tests and report assignments.

Course Goals

This course aims for the development of the faculty to infer the properties of polymeric materials from their morphology based on the knowledge of structure-property relationships of higher-order structures of crystalline polymers, phase-separated structures of polymer mixtures (blends), microdomain stuctures of block copolymers, etc.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Self-assembly and Self-organization 1 The differences between self-assembly and self-organization will be discussed by referring the examples in natural phenomena and polymeric systems.
Crystalline Polymers 3 In the lectures, unit cell structures and hierarchical higher-order structures of polymer crystals such as folded-chain lamellar crystals and spherulites, as well as deformation and thermal behavior of polymer crystals will be discussed.
Polymer Blends 3 Miscibility, phase-diagrams, mechanisms and dynamics of phase transitions, relationships between phase-separated structures and properties, methods to control the phase-separated structures will be discussed.
Block and Graft Copolymers 3 The lectures include nano-scale domain formation of block copolymers by microphase-separation, miscibility and phase diagrams, order-disorder and order-order transitions, bicontinuous structures, structure formation in thin films, blends with homopolymers or other block copolymers, multi-component multi-block copolymers, miktoarm star block copolymers, and more.
Evaluation of Degree of Understandings 1 Degree of understandings of the lectures will be evaluated by means of a short test and group discussions.


Not used.


Introduced in the lectures.


Thermodynamics preferable.

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