Written in an easy–to–follow style , this textbook provides an introduction to this exciting subject with chapters covering natural and synthetic polymers, colloids, surfactants, biological soft matter and liquid crystals and the many and varied applications of these materials. It has been newly edited and has chapters with updated coverage of recent aspects of polymer science. A series of questions and answers is also provided at the end of each chapter. The book contains a new chapter on biological soft matter, which adds significantly to the discussion of proteins, DNA and lipid membranes in the previous edition.
The book will appeal to students of polymer, biomaterial, colloid, surface and interface science. Experienced researchers in the field will also find this a good introductory text for revising their knowledge of the basics.
Reviews of the First Edition
"A timely and concise textbook on "soft matter" suitable for both undergraduate students and researchers."
"It is well written in an easy–to–follow style and deals with some quite complex topics by good use of analogy and comparison."
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Preface to the First Edition.
1.2 Intermolecular Interactions.
1.3 Structural Organization.
1.5 Phase Transitions.
1.6 Order Parameters.
1.7 Scaling Laws.
1.9 Experimental Techniques for Investigating Soft Matter.
1.10 Computer Simulation.
2.3 Polymer Chain Conformation.
2.5 Polymer Solutions.
2.6 Amorphous Polymers.
2.7 Crystalline Polymers.
2.11 Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers.
2.12 Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers.
2.14 Electronic and Opto–electronic Polymers.
3.2 Types of Colloids.
3.3 Forces Between Colloidal Particles.
3.4 Characterization of Colloids.
3.5 Charge Stabilization.
3.6 Steric Stabilization.
3.7 Effect of Polymers on Colloid Stability.
3.8 Kinetic Properties.
3.14 Food Colloids.
3.15 Concentrated Colloidal Dispersions.
4.2 Types of Amphiphile.
4.3 Surface Activity.
4.4 Surfactant Monolayers and Langmuir–Blodgett Films.
4.5 Adsorption at Solid Interfaces.
4.6 Micellization and the Critical Micelle Concentration.
4.8 Solubilization in Micelles.
4.9 Interfacial Curvature and Its Relationship to Molecular Structure.
4.10 Liquid Crystal Phases at High Concentrations.
4.12 Templated Structures.
5. Liquid Crystals.
5.2 Types of Liquid Crystals.
5.3 Characteristics of Liquid Crystal Phases.
5.4 Identification of Liquid Crystal Phases.
5.5 Orientational Order.
5.6 Elastic Properties.
5.7 Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystals.
5.8 Applications of Liquid Crystals.
6. Biological Soft Matter.
6.2 Lipid Membranes.
6.5 Polysaccharides and Glycoproteins.
6.6 Macromolecular Assemblies.
Numerical Solutions to Questions.