9360-0182/02 – Macromolecular Chemistry (MCH)

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Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Daniela Plachá, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Daniela Plachá, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesUSP, FMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
SEN05 Ing. Sylva Holešová, Ph.D.
PLA88 prof. Ing. Daniela Plachá, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to deepen students' knowledge in the field of macromolecular substances, synthetic polymers and biopolymers forming the basis of modern materials with multifunctional properties, with emphasis on the methods of polymer preparation, their properties and methods of characterization.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The subject of macromolecular chemistry deepens the theoretical and practical knowledge following the skills gained in the course of organic and macromolecular chemistry. Students will get a deeper insight into the macromolecular substances, both synthetic and natural, their properties, preparation and characterization, as well as their applications in modern materials science, medicine, pharmacology and electronics.

Compulsory literature:

FRIED, J.R. Polymer Science and Technology. 3rd Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall Computin, 2014, 688 p.. ISBN 978-01-3703-955-5. PATTERSON, G., Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules. CRC Press, 2007, 152 p., ISBN 978-14-2001-450-1. SUN, S.F. Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules: Basic Principles and Issues, 2nd Ed., Wiley, 584 p., ISBN 978-04-7128-138-2.

Recommended literature:

SPERLING, L.H. Introduction to Physical Polymer Science, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005, 845 p., ISBN 978-04-7170-606-9. PUSKAS, J.E., Introduction to Polymer Chemistry A Biobased Approach. 2014, 338 p., ISBN 978-1-60595-030-3.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Written and oral


Other requirements

101/5000 The student will prepare a seminar paper on a given topic in the field of new trends in the use of polymeric substances based on a literature search.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to macromolecular chemistry, current trends, classification and nomenclature of polymers. 2. Structure and physical properties of macromolecules, molecular weight, polymer morphology. 3. Synthesis and mechanisms of formation of macromolecules, step polymerization reaction, chain polymerization reaction - radical, ionic, ring opening polymerization, coordination polymerization, copolymerization. 4.Polymerization reactions - block, solution, emulsion, suspension, precipitation, supercritical, in ionic liquids. 5. Reactivity of polymers, reaction of polymer chains and modification of polymers, degradation of polymers. 6. Analytical methods for characterization of polymers, characterization of chemical structure of polymers. 7. Characterization of morphology and physical structure of polymers. 8. Characterization of thermal properties of polymers. 9. Examples of technologically significant polymers. 10. Natural macromolecules, structure, properties, applications. 11. Biodegradable and bioanalogical polymers, structure, properties, synthesis and applications. 12. Nanotechnology in polymeric applications. 13. Use of polymers in advanced technologies and materials for membrane production and biomedical applications. 14. Use of polymers in advanced technologies and materials in electronics and energy.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 40  20
        Examination Examination 60  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 95 %.

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FMT+9360 2020/2021 Full-time English Optional 600 - Faculty of Materials Science and Technology - Dean's Office stu. block
FMT-new subjects 2019/2020 Full-time English Optional 600 - Faculty of Materials Science and Technology - Dean's Office stu. block