Provides an introduction to this exciting subject with chapters covering natural and synthetic polymers, colloids, surfactants, and liquid crystals, highlighting the many and varied applications of these materials.
* The only introductory book on this subject
* Cutting-edge introduction to a new and emerging subject area
* An interdisciplinary approach suitable of chemistry, materials science, physics, and biochemistry courses
* Copious end-of-chapter problems
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The idea of a unified approach to the chemistry and physics of soft matter has only recently emerged. Soft materials, sometimes known as complex fluids, include polymers, colloids, amphiphiles, surfactants and liquid crystals. These apparently diverse materials have common structural and dynamic properties that fall between those of crystalline solids and simple molecular liquids and gases. Soft and flexible materials are the result of the complexity and intricacy of molecular self-assemly. The versatility of this ordering has been exploited by manufacturing industry to make paints, plastics, detergents and many other everyday products. In the natural world, self-assembly drives the ordering of proteins and nucleic acids. The principles by which mankind and nature harness supra-molecular ordering in soft matter are outlined in this book.
Introduction to Soft Matter is the first introductory text presenting a comprehensive and unified coverage of a subject that spans the disciplines of chemistry, materials science and physics. It will appeal to students of polymer, colloid and surface science as well as serving as an excellent introduction for researchers in the field. A series of questions and answers is provided at the end of each chapter.
"It is well written in an easy-to-follow style and deals with some quite complex topics by good use of analogy and comparison." --Chemistry in Britain, August 2000
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Descrizione libro Wiley, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0471899518
Descrizione libro Wiley, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP88893519
Descrizione libro Wiley, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP96162008