Introduction to Soft Matter : Synthetic and Biological Self-Assembling Materials

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-10-15
  • Publisher: WILEY
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This book provides an introduction to this exciting and relatively new subject with chapters covering natural and synthetic polymers, colloids, surfactants and liquid crystals highlighting the many and varied applications of these materials. Written by an expert in the field, this book will be an essential reference for people working in both industry and academia and will aid in understanding of this increasingly popular topic. Contains a new chapter on biological soft matter Newly edited and updated chapters including updated coverage of recent aspects of polymer science. Contain problems at the end of each chapter to fascilitate understanding

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Intermolecular Interactionsp. 3
Structural Organizationp. 7
Dynamicsp. 10
Phase Transitionsp. 11
Order Parametersp. 17
Scaling Lawsp. 18
Polydispersityp. 18
Experimental Techniques for Investigating Soft Matterp. 19
Computer Simulationp. 33
Further Readingp. 36
Polymersp. 39
Introductionp. 39
Synthesisp. 41
Polymer Chain Conformationp. 44
Characterizationp. 51
Polymer Solutionsp. 62
Amorphous Polymersp. 76
Crystalline Polymersp. 85
Plasticsp. 93
Rubberp. 94
Fibresp. 98
Polymer Blends and Block Copolymersp. 100
Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymersp. 102
Polyelectrolytesp. 103
Electronic and Opto-electronic Polymersp. 105
Further Readingp. 106
Questionsp. 107
Colloidsp. 111
Introductionp. 111
Types of Colloidsp. 112
Forces between Colloidal Particlesp. 114
Characterization of Colloidsp. 118
Charge Stabilizationp. 125
Steric Stabilizationp. 129
Effect of Polymers on Colloid Stabilityp. 133
Kinetic Propertiesp. 134
Solsp. 135
Gelsp. 136
Claysp. 137
Foamsp. 140
Emulsionsp. 142
Food Colloidsp. 149
Concentrated Colloidal Dispersionsp. 155
Further Readingp. 157
Questionsp. 157
Amphiphilesp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Types of Amphiphilep. 163
Surface Activityp. 168
Surfactant Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett Filmsp. 173
Adsorption at Solid Interfacesp. 177
Micellization and the Critical Micelle Concentrationp. 180
Detergencyp. 194
Solubilization in Micellesp. 198
Interfacial Curvature and Its Relationship to Molecular Structurep. 200
Liquid Crystal Phases at High Concentrationsp. 204
Membranesp. 211
Templated Structuresp. 215
Further Readingp. 218
Questionsp. 218
Liquid Crystalsp. 221
Introductionp. 221
Types of Liquid Crystalsp. 222
Characteristics of Liquid Crystal Phasesp. 233
Identification of Liquid Crystal Phasesp. 238
Orientational Orderp. 246
Elastic Propertiesp. 253
Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystalsp. 255
Applications of Liquid Crystalsp. 259
Further Readingp. 269
Questionsp. 269
Biological Soft Matterp. 275
Introductionp. 275
Lipid Membranesp. 276
DNAp. 284
Proteinsp. 291
PolysacchLirides and Glycoproteinsp. 304
Macromolecular Assembliesp. 308
Further Readingp. 310
Questionsp. 311
Numerical Solutions to Questionsp. 313
Indexp. 317
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