Polymer concepts illustrated in the context of biopolymers


In this chapter, we describe the treatment of polymers and polymer properties that has been integrated into a foundational biochemistry course at the University of Memphis. This course was first offered in the Spring of 2010 as part of a major curricular change we initiated in response to the added flexibility provided by the 2008 ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor's Degree Programs. The course is thematically organized around the structure and function of biomolecules, many of which are natural polymers. This theme naturally lends itself to the discussion of many principles of polymer chemistry, from the solid-phase synthetic methods that are used for the laboratory production of nucleic acids and proteins to the relationship between polymer architecture and polymer properties. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

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