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 2018 syllabus (.pdf)
textbook information

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

Introduction to X-Ray Diffraction
Green Chemistry
Green Engineering
Periodic Table table
Exploring the Nanoworld
Bragg's Law demonstration
structures of crystals
closest packing
superionic ice structure
"Chemistry in Art" exhibit
Strange Matter
AIM Manufacturing Videos
How Products Are Made
pencil factory
single stream recycling center
space shuttle NASA: Thermal Protection System
dentistry properties of materials
food What's That Stuff? chocolate ... marshmallows
M&M packing [campus computers]
Edward Humes' website
Parts of a Landfill
Puente Hills Landfill
EPA solid waste landfills
UW Superior microplastics researcher
Winnebago County Solid Waste Dept
Tri-County Recycling


Physical Properties of Materials
Properties of Crystals
Heat Capacities of Materials
Modification of Metal Properties
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Metallurgy examples from the Science Museum:
Brass ... Bronze ... Manganese steel ... Tin ... Tantalum
Orthopaedic Metal Alloys
US Steel's automotive steel varieties
"Eco-design" and Strategic Metals
What's That Stuff? fireworks ... handwarmers
Building a greener battery
Wisconsin mining
Roman mining
iron age smelting,forging,charcoal making
Medieval ironworking
BBC blast furnace
How Steel is Made (AISI)
Basic Oxygen Furnace Steelmaking
NOVA Samurai Sword
Hall process for Aluminum
Commerce Dept on Steel, Al
USGS critical minerals report


Physical Properties of Materials
Heat Capacities of Materials
Fiber Identification
Polymers from Monomers
Paper Chromatography
Effect of Metals on Fabric Dyeing
Macrogalleria of polymers
American Chemistry Council information about Plastics
Anatomy of a Paper Mill
Paper Mill Sustainability
nanocellulose pilot plant
wood products
plywood data
polymers for 3D extrusion printers
record-setting 3D printer
nonstick coating
renewable feedstocks: Ingeo   Sorona  Virent
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 balls ... bowling balls ... new car smell
... synthetic grass ... gasoline ... motor oil ... asphalt
early paper
Breaking the Plastic Bag Habit
Reinvention of Silk
Spartacus sites on textile industry
Industrial Revolution
BBC spinning mill
20th Century textile mills
macromolecular theory
neoprene & nylon
first addition polymers
case study of silicones
Plastics Museum
The Art of the Brick
History of Sugru
US Trade data
AIPIA Active & Intelligent Packaging

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" video
Did Vikings navigate with polarized light?
ancient dyes
iron age dyeing
turkey red dyeing
Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS 
synthetic dyes (Fromm)
Pigments through the Ages
Egyptian blue pigment
Urushi (Japanese lacquer)
Amami Oshima Kimonos
traditional Easter egg dyes


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
Ceramics Arts Network
Kintsugi   video
Refraction of Light
Corning Science of Glass
Scientific Glassblowing
chemically strengthened glass
Vitro(PPG) glass processing videos
colors of gemstones
About Porcelain Enamel
Porcelain Enamel Properties
Brick Manufacture
Self Healing Concrete
demonstration of bendable concrete
What's That Stuff?
glass ..updated glass... body armor ... cement ... opals
neolithic archaeology (Field Museum)
iron age pottery
making Athenian black & red figured vases
firing black & red figured vases
Ceramics Collection at V&A Museum
Wedgwood Museum
glass shaping techniques
Schott glass
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning timeline
dichroic Lycurgus Cup
Venetian Glass
NOVA Roman Bath
robotic bricklayers?

Molecular Beam Epitaxy
CVD Diamond
DOE solar cell materials:
Si  CdTe  CIGS earth-abundant perovskite III-V organic
Intel chip fabrication
everyday uses of nanotechnology
quantum dots manufacturing
NOVA's Making Stuff:
World's Strongest Stuff
Nature's Super-Materials
Timeline of Semiconductors in Computers
Computer Chip Visionaries Win Turing Award
Nobel Prize for Blue LED
NOVA:  Materials That Changed History
Parker Solar Probe
OLED displays
quantum dot TV screens

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

Last updated: April 12, 2020