By Ian W. Hamley

ISBN-10: 0470516097

ISBN-13: 9780470516096

Gentle topic fabrics contain polymers, colloids, emulsions, amphiphiles, surfactants, membranes, liquid crystals and biomaterials. even supposing those fabrics look very diversified, they've got universal structural and dynamic homes which are someplace among these of crystalline solids and easy molecular beverages and gases. tender subject is an interdisciplinary topic drawing not just from physics, chemistry and fabrics technology but in addition from biology, biochemistry and engineering. those fabrics have a variety of functions, comparable to in structural and packaging fabrics, foams and adhesives, detergents and cosmetics, paints, meals ingredients and organic fabrics. Written in an "easy-to-follow style", this textbook presents an creation to this intriguing topic with chapters masking average and artificial polymers, colloids, surfactants, organic delicate topic and liquid crystals and the various and sundry functions of those fabrics. it's been newly edited and has chapters with up to date insurance of modern features of polymer technological know-how. a chain of questions and solutions can also be supplied on the finish of every bankruptcy. The publication encompasses a new bankruptcy on organic delicate topic, which provides considerably to the dialogue of proteins, DNA and lipid membranes within the prior version. The ebook will attract scholars of polymer, biomaterial, colloid, floor and interface technological know-how. skilled researchers within the box also will locate this a great introductory textual content for revising their wisdom of the fundamentals.

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Each chain adopts one of the many millions of possible conformations (for instance, in the RIS model there are 3n conformations for a molecule with n bonds). Furthermore, the conformation is continuously changing due to thermal motion. For these two reasons, when considering the size of polymer coils it is necessary to take a statistical average. There are two useful average measures of the dimensions of polymer coils. ) end-toend distance is the average separation between chain ends, and is denoted 1/2 r 2 0 , where indicates a thermal average.

Since propagating species have the same charge, termination cannot occur through coupling of two active centres. Instead, in cationic polymerization, termination is most commonly through unimolecular rearrangement of the ion pair: JWBK180-02 JWBK180-Hamley July 18, 2007 19:55 Char Count= 0 44 POLYMERS where A− is the counterion. Alternatively it can occur through chain transfer: + CH2 – CR1R2A– + CH2 = CR1R2 + CH = CR1R2 + CH3 – CR1R2A– In anionic polymerization, there is no formal termination step.

Foundations of Colloid Science, Vol. I, Oxford University Press, Oxford (1987). , B. Lindman, K. Holmberg and B. Kronberg, Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solution, Wiley, Chichester (1998). Larson, R. , The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids, Oxford University Press, New York (1999). Shaw, D. , Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 4th Edition, Butterworth– Heinemann, Oxford (1992). 1 INTRODUCTION Polymers are everywhere, from natural materials like wood or silk to synthetic plastics, fibres and gels.

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