2023-2024 / CHIM0283-4

Chemistry of the macromolecules


20h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in chemistry4 crédits 


Christine Jérôme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction to polymer materials.
This course comprises:
- a general introduction of the specific basics for the polymer chemists allowing to describe the structure and the properties of these materials
- a description of the main families of materials and their applications and processing methods
- the study of the synthesis of polymers via step growth and chain mechanisms (including radical, anionic and coordination).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding the basic tools of macromolecular chemistry to be able to:
- suggest one type of materials for a targeted application on the basis of their physico-chemical properties
- understand the structure/properties relationship of these types of materials
- discuss their synthesis

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bases in general and organic chemistry

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Face-to-face lectures will introduce the concepts.
Three lab sessions are scheduled in order to get a practical approach of the main notions of macromolecular chemistry
Their topics are:
- structure/properties relationships of these materials
- macromolecular synthesis and characterization
- properties, processing and applications relationships of these materials

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

A copy of slides is available on e-campus

Exam(s) in session

May-June exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

August-September exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written and oral to check the learning outcomes of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Christine Jérôme
Centre d'Etude et de Recherche sur les Macromolecules CERM
Université de Liège, 
Sart-Tilman B6 4000 Liège Tel. : 32-(0)4-3663491
e-mail : c.jerome@uliege.be

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