Polymer Science and Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications brings together the latest advances in polymer science and nanoscience. Sections explain the fundamentals of polymer science, including key aspects and methods in terms of molecular structure, synthesis, characterization, microstructure, phase structure and processing and properties before discussing the materials of particular interest and utility for novel applications, such as hydrogels, natural polymers, smart polymers and polymeric biomaterials. The second part of the book examines essential techniques in nanotechnology, with an emphasis on the utilization of advanced polymeric materials in the context of nanoscience.
Throughout the book, chapters are prepared so that materials and products can be geared towards specific applications. Two chapters cover, in detail, major application areas, including fuel and solar cells, tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery, membranes, water treatment and oil recovery.
- Presents the latest applications of polymers and polymeric nanomaterials, across energy, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and environmental fields
- Contains detailed coverage of polymer nanocomposites, polymer nanoparticles, and hybrid polymer-metallic nanoparticles
- Supports an interdisciplinary approach, enabling readers from different disciplines to understand polymer science and nanotechnology and the interface between them
Section I 1. Brief Overview of Polymer Science 2. Molecular Structure of Polymers 3. Polymer Synthesis 4. Polymer Characterization 5. Polymer Microstructure 6. Copolymers and Phase Structure 7. Polymer Processing 8. Thermal, Mechanical, and Electrical Properties 9. Hydrogels 10. Natural Polymers 11. Polymer Micro and Nanoparticles Synthesis 12. Smart Polymers 13. Polymeric Biomaterials 14. Applications of Polymeric Materials
Section II 15. Nanoscience and Polymer Nanocomposites 16. Physical and Chemical Properties of Nanomaterials 17. Nanomaterials Synthesis 18. Nanomaterials Characterization 19. Applications of Nanomaterials 20. At the Interface between Polymer Science and Nanoscience
Ravin Narain PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.