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Polymer Chemistry

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About this Course

About the Course

In this short course, Dr Danny Allwood (Sheffield Hallam University) introduces polymers: long-chain compounds, often with hundreds if not thousands of atoms in one chain. We begin by (i) talking about addition polymers, compounds often formed alkenes where the polymer is the only product formed; before (ii) looking at condensation polymers, another form of synthetic polymer that can be made industrially, distinguishing its properties and mechanism of formation from addition polymers, before (iii) looking at naturally occurring polymers, such as proteins, DNA and sugars.

About the Lecturer

Dr Danny Allwood joined Sheffield Hallam University from the University of Cambridge, where he undertook a PhD (2008-2012) and post-doctoral research (2012-2015) with Professor Steven V. Ley CBE FRS. Prior to this, he attained my undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick (2004-2008). His current research programme is focused on the development of practical synthetic and catalytic organic transformations.