CHME203 – Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Course description

This module deals primarily with the basic principles to understand the structure and reactivity of organic molecules, including physical shape, stereochemistry and reactivity of common organic molecules, and covers the basic principles of polymer chemistry and processing. The module primarily deals with the basic principles of organic molecules structure, classification, nomenclature and reactivity. Emphasis is on substitution and elimination reactions and chemistry of various functional groups, and basic concepts of organic synthesis, classification of polymers and general considerations; polymerization and its mechanisms; description of properties; polymer and composites technology and applications, degradation and stabilization of polymers. Laboratory works designed in accordance with the above content and aims will be conducted.

Course Pre-Requisites: CHME 222

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the basic principles of organic chemistry.
  2. Explain the notions of chemical reactivity.
  3. Explain the geometries and structures of carbon based compounds, the tetravalence of carbon atoms, and the local geometries that result from sp, sp2, and sp3 hybridization.
  4. Identify the common and important functional groups in organic compounds, composition and structures of hydrocarbon compounds and geometric isomerism, organic chemistry reaction mechanisms: substitution, elimination, and addition reactions, structures, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and aromatic compounds.
  5. Describe the basic principles of polymer chemistry and processing, mechanisms of polymerization and related processes.

Course Outline

In this course students will learn about: the structure and properties of organic molecules; stereochemistry, including chirality; chemical reactions; structure, synthesis and reactions with alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, and aromatic compounds. Finally, it will be explored the chemistry of polymerization reactions.