C3806 Chemistry of polymers - practical course

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/0/4. 4 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Gabriela Vyskočilová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Světlana Filípková (assistant)
prof. RNDr. Jiří Příhoda, CSc. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jiří Příhoda, CSc.
Department of Chemistry - Chemistry Section - Faculty of Science
Supplier department: Department of Chemistry - Chemistry Section - Faculty of Science
C1100 Introductory Chemistry Lab || C1100k Laboratory techniques || C1600 Laboratory in Chemistry
Knowledge of basics of organic chemistry and chemistry of polymers.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students are supposed to be familiar with practical aspects of the chemistry of polymers:
1) Polymer syntheses in homogenous phase
2) Polymer syntheses in heterogenous phase
3) Methods of chemical modification of the polymers
4) Methods of polymer decomposition
5) Methods of polymer recyclation
Learning outcomes
Students will gain theoretical knowledge and especially practical skills in a chemistry of polymers in fields of: 1) synthesis in both homogenous and heterogenous phase 2) manufacturing and recycling 3) alteration and modification Students will also deepen their knowledge and skills of laboratory practice, synthesis and identification of organic compounds especially.
  • 1) Poly(vinyl alcohol) synthesis from poly(vinyl acetate) using alkaline alcoholysis
  • 2) Polyamide 6 synthesis from ε–caprolactam
  • 3) Polycondensation on a phase boundary
  • 4) Styrene purification
  • 5) Suspension polymeration of styrene
  • 6) Expandable polystyrene
  • 7) Emulsion polymeration of styrene
  • 8) Polystyrene pyrolysis
  • 9) Copolymeration of styrene and maleic anhydride
  • 10) Cellulose triacetate synthesis
  • 11) PETP solvolysis using amyl alcohol and alkaline catalysis
  • 12) Unsaturated polyester resins hardening, plastic concrete
    recommended literature
  • PROKOPOVÁ, Irena. Makromolekulární chemie. Vyd. 2., přeprac. Praha: Vydavatelství VŠCHT, 2007. 207 s. ISBN 9788070806623. info
  • KUČERA, Miloslav. Makromolekulární chemie :synthesa makromolekul. 1. vyd. Brno: VUTIUM, 1999. 157 s. ISBN 80-214-1330-1. info
Teaching methods
laboratory practice
Assessment methods
Compulsory attendance of all practices (exercises).
Draw up reports from all exercises.
Theoretical knowledge exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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