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Soft Condensed Matter

Soft Condensed Matter - 02 edition

Soft Condensed Matter - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780198505891

ISBN10: 0198505892

Soft Condensed Matter by Richard A. Jones - ISBN 9780198505891
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Soft Condensed Matter by Richard A. Jones - ISBN 9780198505891

ISBN13: 9780198505891

ISBN10: 0198505892

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02

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Summary

Many materials are neither simple liquids nor crystalline solids of the type studied in other branches of solid state physics, and instead are conveniently classified as 'soft condensed matter'. Examples include glues, paints, soaps, polymer melts and most materials of biological origin. This book offers a coherent and clear introduction to the properties and behaviour of soft matter. It begins with a treatment of the general underlying principles: the relation of the structure and dynamics of solids and liquids to intermolecular forces, the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transitions, and the principles of self-assembly. Then the specific properties of colloids, polymers, liquid crystals and self-assembling amphiphilic systems are treated within this framework. A concluding chapter illustrates how principles of soft matter physics can be used to understand properties of biological systems. The focus on the essentials and the straightforward approach make the book suitable for students with either a theoretical or an experimental bias. The level is appropriate for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Introduction and overview
2 Forces, energies, and timescales in condensed matter
3 Phase transitions
4 Colloidal dispersions
5 Polymers
6 Gelation
7 Molecular order in soft condensed matter - liquid crystallinity
8 Molecular order in soft condensed matter - crystallinity in polymers
9 Supramolecular self-assembly in soft condensed matter
10 Soft matter in nature
A Some results from statistical mechanics
B The distribution function of an ideal random walk
C: Answers to selected problems
Bibliography
Index