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Polymer Physics
Applications to Molecular Association and Thermoreversible Gelation

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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521864299

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  • The field of polymer science has advanced and expanded considerably in recent years, encompassing broader ranges of materials and applications. In this book, Fumihiko Tanaka unifies the subject matter, pulling together research to provide an updated and systematic presentation of polymer association and thermoreversible gelation, one of the most rapidly developing areas in polymer science. Starting with a clear exposition of the fundamental laws of polymer physics, subsequent chapters discuss a new theoretical model that combines thermodynamic and rheological theory. Recent developments in polymer physics are explored, along with important case studies on topics such as self-assembly, supramolecules, thermoreversible gels and water-soluble polymers. Throughout the book, a balance is maintained between theoretical descriptions and practical applications, helping the reader to understand complex physical phenomena and their relevance in industry. This book has wide interdisciplinary appeal and is aimed at students and researchers in physics, chemistry and materials science.

    • Maintains a balance between theoretical descriptions and practical applications
    • Case studies on self-assembly, supramolecules, thermoreversible gels and water-soluble polymers
    • Discusses new theoretical and experimental methods used to investigate molecular association and gelation
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    "As a valuable technical book and as a source of inspiration when teaching a graduate-level course, Polymer Physics fully deserves its place on the bookshelves of soft-matter scientists, and maybe even in the libraries of other condensed-matter physicists and chemists." -Roberto Piazza, Physics Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521864299
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 182 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 185 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Statistical properties of polymer chains
    2. Polymer solutions
    3. Classical theory of gelation
    4. Rubber elasticity
    5. Associating polymer solutions
    6. Nongelling associating polymers
    7. Thermoreversible gelation
    8. Structure of polymer networks
    9. Rheology of thermoreversible gels
    10. Some important thermoreversible gels

  • Author

    Fumihiko Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan
    Fumihiko Tanaka is Professor in the Department of Polymer Chemistry at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. Professor Tanaka has published extensively and his current research interests are in theoretical aspects of phase transitions in polymeric systems, polymer association and thermoreversible gelation.

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