Soft Condensed Matter by Richard A.L. Jones

Soft Condensed Matter

byRichard A.L. Jones

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The physics of soft condensed matter is probably one of the most 'fashionable' areas in the physical sciences today. 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 relationof 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 thisframework. 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 levelis appropriate for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering.

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Prof. Richard A.L. Jones, University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, Tel.: 0114/2224530, Fax: 0114/2728079, Email: r.a.l.jones@sheffield.ac.uk
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Title:Soft Condensed MatterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.49 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198505892

ISBN - 13:9780198505891

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1. Introduction and overview2. Forces, energies and timescales in condensed matter3. Phase transitions4. Colloidal dispersions5. Polymers6. Gelation7. Molecular order on soft condensed matter - liquid crystallinity8. Molecular order in soft condensed matter - crystallinity in polymers9. Supramolecular self-assembly in soft condensed matter10. Soft matter in natureA. Some results from statistical mechanicsB. The distribution function on an ideal random walkBibliography

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"[A] need has long existed for texts suitable for an introductory graduate or senior undergraduate course. Soft Condensed Matter, by Richard A. L. Jones, is the first textbook to meet that need. ... It should make teaching much easier, which in turn should result in many more soft acondensed matter courses being offered. That will surely help the field to grow even more."--Physics Today "The book is targeted at final-year undergraduates and graduate students, but I would push it in front of anyone starting to work with polymers, oils or concentrated dispersions in industry - even an old lag like myself found a number of interesting new insights. ... I hope that [Jones] can be persuaded to write a volume 2."--Chemistry in Britain