Course Information for 6304 - Intro to Polymers & Biopolymers
Home → Education → Course List → Course Information for 6304 - Intro to Polymers & Biopolymers

Primary Instructor: Michael (Seungju) Yu
Credits: 3.0
Semesters Offered:Fall
Frequency Offered:Annual
Prerequisites:Organic chemistry and Biochemistry (or closely related class), or permission from Dr. Yu
Class Schedule: T/Th 10:45-12:05
Catalog Description: This is an advanced undergraduate / introductory graduate level class that is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in synthetic and natural polymers. The class will focus on the basic properties of polymers, how these polymers are made chemically and biologically, and the structure-property relationships as related to their use in biomedicine such as making implants, designing drug delivery vehicles, and creating scaffolds for tissue engineering. The class also aims to give students creative perspectives in engineering biologically active polymers, which will be achieved by highlighting the similarities and differences in the chemistry, molecular structures and high-order assemblies, and physical/biological characteristics between synthetic polymers and naturally derived biopolymers. The types of biopolymers to be covered in this class are mainly protein and peptides, but polysaccharides, polyesters, and natural rubbers are also included. Advanced topics to be discussed are ring-opening polymerization of poly(amino acids), solid-phase peptide synthesis, phage display and combinatorial synthesis, as well as the latest topics in chemical biology for biosynthesis of proteins comprised of unnatural amino acids.
Course Syllabus:Syllabus_6304.pdf