The Equilibrium Theory Of Inhomogeneous Polymers by Glenn FredricksonThe Equilibrium Theory Of Inhomogeneous Polymers by Glenn Fredrickson

The Equilibrium Theory Of Inhomogeneous Polymers

byGlenn Fredrickson

Hardcover | December 15, 2005

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The Equilibrium Theory of Inhomogeneous Polymers provides an introduction to the field-theoretic methods and computer simulation techniques that are used in the design of structured polymeric fluids. By such methods, the principles that dictate equilibrium self-assembly in systems rangingfrom block and graft copolymers, to polyelectrolytes, liquid crystalline polymers, and polymer nanocomposites can be established. Building on an introductory discussion of single-polymer statistical mechanics, the book provides a detailed treatment of analytical and numerical techniques foraddressing the conformational properties of polymers subjected to spatially-varying potential fields. This problem is shown to be central to the field-theoretic description of interacting polymeric fluids, and models for a number of important polymer systems are elaborated. Chapter 5 serves tounify and expound the topic of self-consistent field theory, which is a collection of analytical and numerical techniques for obtaining solutions of polymer field theory models in the mean-field approximation. The concluding Chapter 6 provides a discussion of analytical methods for going beyond themean-field approximation and an introduction to the exciting new field of field-theoretic polymer simulations - the direct numerical simulation of polymer field theory models. No other book brings together in such a detailed and instructive fashion the theoretical and numerical tools forinvestigating the equilibrium structure and thermodynamics of meso-structured polymer formulations, including those relevant to soft material nanotechnologies, personal care products, and multiphase plastic materials.
Glenn H. Fredrickson, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Materials Research Laboratory University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93111 USA 2004 Mitsubishi Chemical Chair in Functional Materials, UCSB 2003 Election to the National Academy of Engineering, USA 1999 Alpha Chi Sigma Award, American Inst...
Title:The Equilibrium Theory Of Inhomogeneous PolymersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.11 inPublished:December 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198567294

ISBN - 13:9780198567295


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Ideal Chain Models3. Single Chains in External Fields4. Models of Many-Chain Systems5. Self-Consistent Field Theory6. Beyond Mean-Field TheoryA. Fourier Series and TransformsB. Gaussian Integrals and Probability TheoryC. Calculus of FunctionalsD. Complex Langevin Theory

Editorial Reviews

`...excellent...of interest to many students in polymer science and interfacial science.'Pierre-Gilles DeGennes, College de France