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Welcome to CHM 1303 Fall 2010! (Note the update to the schedule below)

This course covers a wide range of topics within the general theme of "Solids as Advanced Polymer Materials." The topics that will be covered this fall are: organic coatings, surface properties of polymer thin films, polymer nanomaterials, polymer electronics, and polymers in drug delivery. A description of the falculty members that teach this course and their areas of expertise are listed below. Please check back often for updates and course notes!

Reminder: Class meets Wednesdays from 5-7PM; September 15th is the first class; room location LM 157.

September 15th Organic Coatings - Winnik
September 22th Organic Coatings - Winnik

Mitch Winnik received a B.A. degree from Yale University in 1965. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the area of organic chemistry at Columbia University in 1969, working under the direction of Prof. Ronald Breslow, and then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. George Hammond at Caltech studying organic photochemistry. Since the early 1980's, Mitch Winnik and his coworkers have been examining various applications of fluorescence spectroscopy to polymers, particularly in the study of polymer-polymer interfaces. Among the polymer systems under study in his research group are latex dispersions, latex films, polymer blends, block copolymers, interpenetrating networks, and water soluble polymers, particularly associative polymers.

September 29th Surface Properties of Polymer Thin Films - Walker
October 6th Surface Properties of Polymer Thin Films - Walker

Gilbert Walker is a Canada Research Chair professor of Chemistry. His research program's goal is to identify and exploit self-assembly processes of polymers that will enable the fabrication of nanostructured materials with useful electromagnetic, mechanical and physiological properties.

October 13th Discussion - Seferos
October 20th Polymer Nanomaterials - Seferos
October 27th Polymer Nanomaterials - Seferos

Dwight Seferos received a B.S. from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. with Guillermo Bazan at UC, Santa Barbara. After completing an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship with Chad Mirkin at Northwestern, Dwight joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at U of T in 2009. His research group focuses on the synthesis of polymer semiconductors and polymer nanomaterials.

November 3rd Polymer Electronics - Bender
November 10th Polymer Electronics - Bender

Timothy Bender is an established expert in the field of organic electronic materials, specifically in their industrial application to organic photoreceptive devices. As an industrial researcher, he has filed over 65 US Patents and over time has authored or co-authored 17 peer reviewed papers in the fields of organic electronic materials and polymeric structures. His new laboratory utilizes a combination of computer aided molecular modeling, synthetic chemistry (polymers and small molecules) and post synthetic characterization pursuing the design, engineering and application of new materials for application in plastic/organic solar cells.

*****November 17th Free radical polymerization - Georges******

******Michael K. Georges is a polymer, organic and inorganic chemist. Over the years his team has successfully used nitroxide and verdazyl stable radicals as moderators for living-radical polymerizations, presently one of the most popular area of polymer exploration. Deviating from this direction he has recently begun to investigate the use of these stable radicals as substrates for small molecule organic synthesis, thus beginning a new journey with a destination still to be determined, but based on initial results, guaranteed to be interesting and challenging.******

November 24th Student Term Topic Presentations - Seferos/Walker

December 1st Polymers in Drug Delivery - Allen

Christine Allen is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and is Cross-appointed with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Research in Professor Allen's laboratory is devoted to the development of nano and other delivery technologies for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

December 10 - 21 (TBA) Final Exam