Methods for Introducing Inorganic Polymer Concepts throughout the Undergraduate Curriculum
Journal of Chemical Education
First-year undergraduate/general, Second-year undergraduate, Upper-division undergraduate, Inorganic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Analogies/transfer, Physical properties, Polymerization
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.
de Lill, D. T., & Carraher, C. E. (2017). Methods for Introducing Inorganic Polymer Concepts throughout the Undergraduate Curriculum. Journal of Chemical Education, 94, (11), 1674 - 1681. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00028. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_chemphys_facarticles/252