Chemistry 104:  

Introduction to the Chemistry of Materials

This laboratory course will teach the chemistry behind materials that society depends on: 
, ceramics, and polymers.
Historic and economic impacts of their manufacture and use will be considered.
Applications of advanced materials in fields such as electronics, aviation, or art will be discussed.
This course may be combined with Chemistry 103 to form a two semester sequence.
There are no prerequisites for the course.  It does not fulfill requirements for chemistry majors.

Spring 2015 syllabus (.pdf)
textbook information

Chemistry References Images
Applications of materials
Design inSite
WebElements Periodic Table
Periodic Table Live!
Periodic Table of Videos
Chemical & Engineering News
C&EN Periodic Table special issue
chemistry of ancient times

Introduction to X-Ray Diffraction
magnet design
Green Chemistry
Green Engineering
Periodic Table table
Exploring the Nanoworld
Bragg's Law demonstration
closest packing
structures of crystals
Bravais lattices
Strange Matter (middle school students)
"Chemistry in Art" virtual exhibition
The Scale of Things
AIM Manufacturing Videos
How Products Are Made

single stream recycling center

space shuttle
NASA: Thermal Protection System

properties of materials

What's That Stuff? chocolate ... marshmallows
M&M packing (campus computers)


Physical Properties of Materials
Properties of Crystals
Heat Capacities of Materials
Modification of Metal Properties
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Standard Reduction Potentials
Composition & Properties of Alloys
Metallurgy examples from the Science Museum:
Brass ... Bronze ... Nickel alloy ... Manganese steel
... tempered Iron ... Tin ... Tantalum
Orthopaedic Metal Alloys
US Steel's automotive steel varieties
What's That Stuff? fireworks
"Eco-design" and Strategic Metals
Roman mining
iron age smelting,forging,charcoal making
Medieval ironworking
BBC blast furnace
How Steel is Made (AISI)
NOVA Samurai Sword
Hall process for Aluminum
die casting


Physical Properties of Materials
Heat Capacities of Materials
Fiber Identification
Polymers from Monomers
Modification of Polymer Properties
Paper Chromatography
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Macrogalleria of polymers
American Chemistry Council information about Plastics
case study of silicones
Physical Properties of Common Woods
Anatomy of a Paper Mill
Paper Process
plywood data
What's That Stuff?

paper ... leather... amber ...  chewing gum ...
 adhesive tape ... Jello ... polyurethane foam ...
Lycra/Spandex ... contact lenses ... dryer sheets ...
raincoats... Silly Putty ... pencils ... erasers ...
plastic bags ... adhesive tape ... liquid bandages ... Silly String ...
golf balls ... bowling balls ... new car smell ... synthetic grass ... gasoline ... motor oil ... asphalt
record-setting 3D printer
new nonstick coating
renewable feedstocks: Ingeo   Sorona  Virent
early paper
Breaking the Plastic Bag Habit
Reinvention of Silk
Spartacus sites on textile industry
Industrial Revolution
BBC spinning mill
petrochemistry and synthetic polymers
Plastics Museum
The Art of the Brick
History of Sugru

Polymers from Monomers 
Paper Chromatography
Preparation of Pigment and Paints
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
light and color
food coloring
Paula Burch's web site (dyes)
Dharma Trading Company
Pigments for Oil Paints (Gamblin)
What's That Stuff?
oil paints ...  hair coloring ... henna ... ink ... tattoo ink... food coloring ... nail polish ... road markings ... self-darkening eyeglasses ... instant film 
sunglasses "on demand"

Did Vikings navigate with polarized light?
ancient dyes
iron age dyeing
turkey red dyeing
Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS 
EuCheMS Millenium: Perkin
synthetic dyes (Fromm)
Pigments through the Ages
Egyptian blue pigment
Urushi (Japanese lacquer)


Physical Properties of Materials
Heat Capacities of Materials
Identification of Metals in Ceramics
Preparation and Modification of Glass
Preparation of Concrete
sustainable pottery at Saint John's
The CeramicsWeb (art)
Kintsugi   video
Refraction of Light
Corning specialty materials
Scientific Glassblowing
colors of gemstones
About Porcelain Enamel
Porcelain Enamel Properties
Brick Manufacture
Self Healing Concrete
demonstration of bendable concrete
What's That Stuff?
glass ... body armor ... cement ... opals
iron age pottery
making Athenian black & red figured vases
firing black & red figured vases
Ceramics Collection at V&A Museum
faience tile from step pyramid
Wedgwood Museum
ancient glass: cold working, casting
ancient glass: forming, slumping, blowing
Schott glass
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Corning timeline
dichroism of Lycurgus Cup
Venetian Glass
NOVA Roman Bath

Molecular Beam Epitaxy
CVD Diamond
solar cell materials
quantum dots research
quantum dots manufacturing
NOVA's Making Stuff:
World's Strongest Stuff
Nature's Super-Materials
Timeline of Semiconductors in Computers
Nobel Prize for Blue LED
NOVA:  Materials That Changed History

rare earth mining
recycling e-waste
Solving The E-waste Problem

Last updated: May 10, 2017