Soft Matter Physics

Hardcover | August 18, 2013

byMasao Doi

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Soft matter (polymers, colloids, surfactants and liquid crystals) are an important class of materials in modern technology. They also form the basis of many future technologies, for example in medical and environmental applications. Soft matter shows complex behaviour between fluids andsolids, and used to be a synonym of complex materials. Due to the developments of the past two decades, soft condensed matter can now be discussed on the same sound physical basis as solid condensed matter. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of soft matter for undergraduate andgraduate students in physics and materials science. The book provides an introduction to soft matter (what it is, and what are the characteristics of such materials), and also provides the reader with the physical basis for understanding and discussing such characteristics in more detail. Many basic concepts, which are required in advanced courses ofcondensed matter physics, such as coarse graining, scaling, phase separation, order-disorder transition, Brownian motion, and fluctuation-dissipation theorem, are explained in detail with various forms of soft matter used as examples.

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Soft matter (polymers, colloids, surfactants and liquid crystals) are an important class of materials in modern technology. They also form the basis of many future technologies, for example in medical and environmental applications. Soft matter shows complex behaviour between fluids andsolids, and used to be a synonym of complex materi...

Masao Doi graduated from the Department of Applied Physics of University of Tokyo in 1970. In 1976 he received his Doctoral Degree in Engineering at the University of Tokyo and began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Tokyo Metropolitan University. He moved to Nagoya University in 1989 and to Tokyo Universi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.98 inPublished:August 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199652952

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Table of Contents

1. What is soft matter2. Soft matter solutions3. Elastic soft matter4. Surfaces and surfactants5. Liquid crystals6. Brownian motion and thermal fluctuations7. Variational principle in soft matter dynamics8. Diffusion and permeation in soft matter9. Flow and deformation of soft matter10. Ionic soft matterAppendix A: Continuum mechanicsAppendix B: Restricted free energyAppendix C: Variational calculusAppendix D: Reciprocal relationAppendix E: Statistical mechanics for material response and fluctuationsAppendix F: Derivation of the Smoluchowskii equation from the Langevin equation