Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering

University at Buffalo

The State University of New York


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Class time and location

M W F 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. – 260 Capen

• Instructor

Prof. P. Alexandridis, 508 Furnas Hall, 6452911 x2210 palexand@eng.buffalo.edu

Office Hours

M W F, 10:00 - 11:00 am (or by appointment)

Teaching Assistant

Yoshiko Katori, ykatori@buffalo.edu

TA Office Hours




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• Course description

CE435 encompasses the synthesis and characterization(in terms of solution and solid-staqte properties) of polymers(plastics,resins,rubbers), their rheology, processing and modification to produce items of practical utility, and product lifetime aspects ( e.g.environmental impact). The offsprings of polymer technology "touch", often literally, the lives of all of us. The rapid pace of advances, with only a few decades separating the first commercial development of polymers form their present pervasive use , has been remarkable. Still, opportunities are abundant for creating new polymeric materials and modifying existing polymers for new applications.


• Textbook: Rodriguez, F. et al. “Principles of Polymer Systems” 5th ed.; Taylor & Francis, 2003

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• Review Articles


• Web-based resources


• Assessment

The course grade will be based on the following:


The midterm exams will test knowledge and comprehension of the material assigned in class, and also application and analysis of same.

The term project will focus on synthesis (create, predict, design, improve, propose) and evaluation (select, decide, critique, justify, verify, debate, assess, recommend). Students working in teams will select a topic on the different polymers used in a certain application, prepare a written report on this topic, and present their findings in the CE435 website and in an oral presentation.

In each project you should identify the utility of polymers (if they are the primary material) and the attributes that are enhanced by the use of polymers (if used in conjunction with other materials), discuss main types of polymers used (classify in terms of what we learned in class: state, synthesis, properties), identify what is special about them to be used for the specific application (structure-property relationships), processing considerations (how to bring them to the form needed for a given application), commercial suppliers, numbers (e.g., cost), obtain samples, product design considerations (identifying customer needs, establishing product specs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, design for manufacturing), etc.



• Syllabus

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Last Updated, September, 2004