Course Information
Course Title: Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, Part I - Basic Principles
Categories: 1 - Liquid Chromatography
2 - Microscopy
3 - Polymers
4 - Rheology
5 - Teaching Analytical Chemistry
6 - X-Ray Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Bernhard Dringenberg Course Number: 52
Affiliation: LAT
Course Date: 03/12/2012 - Monday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM
Fee: $235 ($335 after 2/13/12) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules is presented in three parts. Part I, this course is meant for basic principles. Different types of macromolecules like colloids, synthetic and natural polymers will be discussed in terms of there chemical and physical behaviors. The synthesis and classical physico-chemical features such as molecular weight, thermodynamics, determination of the molecular structure, viscosity, diffusion and osmotic presssure will be subject of this short course as an introduction or revision.

Target Audience
Students of chemistry, chemical engineering as well as technical employers who like to understand in more detail how to handle macromolecules in industrial processes or for scientific research.

Course Outline
1.  Introduction:
Colloids, Macromolecules, Macromolecular Science Kinetics of the Synthesis of Polymers

2.  Synthesis of Macromolecular Compounds:
Radical, Ionic, Coordination and Stepwise Polymerization
Kinetics of the Synthesis of Polymers

3. Distribution of Molecular Weight:
Review of Mathemathical Statistics
Types of Molecular Weight
Experimental Methods for Determining Molecular Weight 
and Molecular Weight Distribution

4. Macromolecular Thermodynamics:
Review of Thermodynamics
Flory Theory
DeltaH and DeltaG of Mixing
Thermodynamics of Dilute Polymer Solutions

5. Chain Configuration
Preliminary Descriptions of a Polymer Chain
Random Walk and Markov Process
Random-Flight Chains
Wormlike Chains
Flory’s Mean-Field Theory
Pertubation Theory
Chain Crossover and Chain Entanglement

6. Viscosity and Viscoelasticity:
Capillary Viscometers
Treatment of Intrinsic Viscosity Data
Stoke’s Law
Biological Polymers (Rigid Polymers, Inflexible Chains)
Viscoelasticity (Theories of Rousse and Zimm)

7. Theories of Osmotic Pressure:
McMillan-Mayer Theory
Flory Theory
Flory-Krigbaum Theory
Kurata-Yamakawa Theory

8. Diffusion:
Translational and Rotational Diffusion
Physical Interpretation of Diffusion
Einstein’s Equation 
Concentration Dependence of Diffusion Coefficient

Course Instructor's Biography
Bernhard J. Dringenberg, earned his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. His main interests are the physical chemistry of nanoparticles and macromolecules meant for application in pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, photocatalists, and surface sciences.