Polymer Structure Characterization
From Nano To Macro Organization
Richard A Pethrick (Author)
Low molar mass organic materials and polymers exhibit a range of physical properties that are dependent on their ability to undergo self organisation. The degree and extent of the molecular organisation depends on a complex interplay of inter and intra molecular interactions. Polymer Structure Characterization: From Nano to Macro Organization discusses in a systematic fashion the way in which molecular interactions influence observed morphologies. Topics include: organic crystals, liquid crystals, plastic crystals, polymer morphology, polymer crystallization, amorphous glassy materials, polymer surfaces, polymer phase separation and structure, and a brief introduction to organisation in naturally occurring materials. This textbook is primarily aimed at polymer and material scientists but would also be of interest to chemists and physicists studying the properties of organic materials. It provides complimentary material for a range of courses in materials science, molecular chemistry and chemical physics.
"The ease of usage for the lecturer or advanced researcher is clear. From a student point of view, it is nice to see a textbook that is written from a nano- and micro-structure perspective (and from a real colloid and polymer specialist) in an area customarily frequented by regular material scientists and physicists and their matter of fact presentational style.""The author does a superb job at contextualising the field and the reading is made ever more pleasant and unambiguous by the clever use of crystal clear diagrams, cartoons and schematics."
Source : Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Volume 10, Issue 1, Dipak K Sarker
The real originality of Pethrick's approach rests on the fact that the description of polymer crystal morphology and the methods used to characterize it are gathered into a single chapter (Chapter 5)......comparison of these techniques is supported by easy to use tables and is a great help for any non specialist faced with a choice of experimental tools.The book is really well thought out and clearly written. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wishing to find his or her way through the complicated area of polymer materials.
Source : Materials Today, April 2008, Volume 11, Number 4 (Liliane L┌ger)