The course aims to deal with some advanced and recent aspects relating to the sector of macromolecular chemistry. To this end, the focus is on deep understanding of the relationship between structure and properties of polymers. At the end of the course the student will have acquired skills related to innovative polymeric materials, including "Smart Polymers", composite materials and nanocomposites, shape memory materials, geopolymers. In particular, the skills related to their synthesis, their functional and structural characterization, and their use will be acquired. Finally, a part relating to the structuring of a scientific article will be treated.