Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants

Paperback | March 15, 2010

byThomas A. Witten, Philip A. Pincus

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Over the last thirty years, the study of liquids containing polymers, surfactants, or colloidal particles has developed from a loose assembly of facts into a coherent discipline with substantial predictive power. These liquids expand our conception of what condensed matter can do. Suchstructured-fluid phenomena dominate the physical environment within living cells. This book teaches how to think of these fluids from a unified point of view showing the far-reaching effects of thermal fluctuations in producing forces and motions. Keeping mathematics to a minimum, the book seeksthe simplest explanations that account for the distinctive scaling properties of these fluids. An example is the growth of viscosity of a polymer solution as the cube of the molecular weight of the constituent polymers. Another is the hydrodynamic radius of a colloidal aggregate, which remainscomparable to its geometrical radius even though the density of particles in the aggregate becomes arbitrarily small. The book aims for a simplicity, unity and depth not found in previous treatments, and includes numerous figures, tables and problems. It will be an ideal textbook for teachingundergraduates in physical science how to understand soft matter, but will also be of interest to industrial scientists, who want to gain a broader understanding of soft matter systems.

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Over the last thirty years, the study of liquids containing polymers, surfactants, or colloidal particles has developed from a loose assembly of facts into a coherent discipline with substantial predictive power. These liquids expand our conception of what condensed matter can do. Suchstructured-fluid phenomena dominate the physical e...

Thomas A. Witten was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a staff scientist at Exxon Research and Engineering before joining the University of Chicago in 1989 as a professor of physics.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019958382X

ISBN - 13:9780199583829

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1. Overview2. Fundamentals3. Polymer molecules4. Polymer solutions5. Colloids6. Interfaces7. Surfactants

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".. the book is very readable, and it can be easily adapted for a one-semester or a one-quarter course ... Structured Fluids belongs on one's shelf beside recent works by Paul Chaikin and Tom Lubensky, Jacob Israelachvili, and Ronald Larson." --Science