Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Title

Methods for Introducing Inorganic Polymer Concepts throughout the Undergraduate Curriculum

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-14-2017

Publication Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Keywords

First-year undergraduate/general, Second-year undergraduate, Upper-division undergraduate, Inorganic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Analogies/transfer, Physical properties, Polymerization

ISSN

0021-9584

Volume

94

Issue/No.

11

First Page

1674

Last Page

1681

Abstract

Inorganic polymers can be introduced in a variety of undergraduate courses to discuss concepts related to polymer chemistry. Inorganic polymers such as silicates and polysiloxanes are simple materials that can be incorporated into an introductory or descriptive inorganic course. Polymers based on inorganic carbon, including diamond and graphite, can likewise be used to introduce concepts related to structure–property relationships. Diamond and graphite can be discussed in more detail in an upper-division inorganic chemistry course as well as an introduction to coordination polymers and semiconducting organic polymers. Herein, these materials are briefly discussed in terms of how they can be merged into relevant coursework.

Comments

©2017 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

ORCID ID

0000-0003-0891-7246

DOI

10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00028

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