Crystallography Of The Polymethylene Chain: An Inquiry Into The Structure Of Waxes by Douglas L. DorsetCrystallography Of The Polymethylene Chain: An Inquiry Into The Structure Of Waxes by Douglas L. Dorset

Crystallography Of The Polymethylene Chain: An Inquiry Into The Structure Of Waxes

byDouglas L. Dorset

Hardcover | December 15, 2004

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By considering the solid state packing of linear chain wax components, this book aims at understanding three things: firstly, which modifications of molecular components are allowed for maintaining stable solid solutions; secondly, what happens when stability conditions are traversed andfractionation begins and thirdly, the structure of fractionated arrays. The co-compatibility of molecular ingredients is considered in terms of their shapes and relative sizes, following an approach originally proposed by Kitaigorodskii. As demonstrated profusely by the crystal structures of purecomponent types (e. g. alkanes, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, long chain esters, cholesteryl esters) and insertion of functional groups (e. g. chain branches, unsaturation, heteroatoms), characteristic molecular packing arrays provide important geometric information for understanding the co-packingof different molecules in mixtures. Single crystal and spectroscopic data from polydisperse arrays can then be evaluated to arrive at plausible structures of solid solutions and fractionated systems. The resultant structures are not only relevant to the understanding of so-called waxes but alsoinclude certain classes of polymers. The ramifications of this work extend into any solid state array of polymethylene chains, including lipid foodstuffs.
Douglas L. Dorset is Senior Research Associate at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in Annandale, New Jersey, USA.
Title:Crystallography Of The Polymethylene Chain: An Inquiry Into The Structure Of WaxesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:December 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529082

ISBN - 13:9780198529088

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Table of Contents

1. Polydispersity of the paraffin chain: statement of the problem2. Layer packing of polymethylene chains3. Crystal structures and phase transitions of the paraffins4. Thermotropic disorder in n-paraffin crystals5. Binary and multicomponent solids of n-paraffins6. Some functional substitutions in n-paraffins7. Lipid alcohols8. The fatty acids9. Linear fatty acid esters10. The cholesteryl esters11. From waxes to polymers: the crystallography of polydisperse arrays

Editorial Reviews

`Dr. Dorset has published a previous book (Structural Electron Crystallography, Plenum Press, 1995) that was well-received by the electron diffraction community. The book is well-written and has become the standard reference work for electron microscopy and diffraction from organic crystals.'Roger Vincent, University of Bristol