Microgel Suspensions. Fundamentals and Applications

  • ID: 2179874
  • Book
  • 484 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Microgel suspensions consist of colloidal gel particles that are able to swell or de–swell in response to ambient changes, giving rise to flexibility in both shape and volume. The aim is to tailor the resulting suspension structure, dynamics and rheology towards specific applications, ranging from novel sensing and optical effects to the industrial reality of medical and consumer products.

Providing a vital link between chemistry and physics on the mesoscale, this first book dedicated entirely to the topic offers concise coverage in five major sections, beginning with synthesis of microgel particles and continuing with their physical properties. The phase behavior and dynamics of resulting microgel suspensions feature in the third section, followed by their mechanical properties. It concludes with detailed accounts of numerous industrial, commercial and medical applications.

Edited by a world–renownded panel of experts in the field, this volume provides the essential information for physicists, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and biologists.
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I. SYNTHESIS

Synthesis of Microgel Particles –

Linking Chemistry and Physics

Polymerization Kinetics of Microgel Particles

Functional Microgel Particles

II. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MICROGEL PARTICLES

Swelling Thermodynamics

Internal Structure of Microgel Particles

III. PHASE BEHAVIOR AND DYNAMICS

Statistical Mechanics of Soft Particles

Packing Soft Objects

Crystallization of Microgel Particles

Weakly Attractive Microgel–based Colloidal Gels

Microgel Suspensions as Model Glass Formers –

The Role of Softness

Use of Microgel Particles as Models to Study Crystallization and Melting

IV. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

Flow, Slip and Rheology of Microgel Suspensions

Local and Macroscopic Mechanics of Hydrogel Suspensions

Rheology of Industrially Relevant Microgels

V. APPLICATIONS

Microgels for Lenses, Photonic Crystals and Sensors

Microgels for Drug Delivery

Microgels for Oil Recovery

Microgels for Cosmetics

The role of Microgels in Toothpaste
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Alberto Fernandez–Nieves
Hans Wyss
Johan Mattsson
David A. Weitz
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