Polymer Physics

Polymer Physics : Applications to Molecular Association and Thermoreversible Gelation

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The field of polymer science has advanced and expanded considerably in recent years, encompassing broader ranges of materials and applications. In this book, Fumihiko Tanaka unifies the subject matter, pulling together research to provide an updated and systematic presentation of polymer association and thermoreversible gelation, one of the most rapidly developing areas in polymer science. Starting with a clear exposition of the fundamental laws of polymer physics, subsequent chapters discuss a new theoretical model that combines thermodynamic and rheological theory. Recent developments in polymer physics are explored, along with important case studies on topics such as self-assembly, supramolecules, thermoreversible gels and water-soluble polymers. Throughout the book, a balance is maintained between theoretical descriptions and practical applications, helping the reader to understand complex physical phenomena and their relevance in industry. This book has wide interdisciplinary appeal and is aimed at students and researchers in physics, chemistry and materials science.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 404 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 185 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • 1139064290
  • 9781139064293

Review quote

"As a valuable technical book and as a source of inspiration when teaching a graduate-level course, Polymer Physics fully deserves its place on the bookshelves of soft-matter scientists, and maybe even in the libraries of other condensed-matter physicists and chemists." -Roberto Piazza, Physics Todayshow more

About Fumihiko Tanaka

Fumihiko Tanaka is Professor in the Department of Polymer Chemistry at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. Professor Tanaka has published extensively and his current research interests are in theoretical aspects of phase transitions in polymeric systems, polymer association and thermoreversible gelation.show more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Statistical properties of polymer chains; 2. Polymer solutions; 3. Classical theory of gelation; 4. Rubber elasticity; 5. Associating polymer solutions; 6. Nongelling associating polymers; 7. Thermoreversible gelation; 8. Structure of polymer networks; 9. Rheology of thermoreversible gels; 10. Some important thermoreversible gels; Index.show more