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Functional Polymer Films, 2 Volume Set

ISBN: 978-3-527-63849-9
1128 pages
February 2013
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Very thin film materials have emerged as a highly interesting and useful quasi 2D-state functionality. They have given rise to numerous applications ranging from protective and smart coatings to electronics, sensors and display technology as well as serving biological, analytical and medical purposes. The tailoring of polymer film properties and functions has become a major research field.
As opposed to the traditional treatise on polymer and resin-based coatings, this one-stop reference is the first to give readers a comprehensive view of the latest macromolecular and supramolecular film-based nanotechnology. Bringing together all the important facets and state-of-the-art research, the two well-structured volumes cover film assembly and depostion, functionality and patterning, and analysis and characterization. The result is an in-depth understanding of the phenomena, ordering, scale effects, fabrication, and analysis of polymer ultrathin films.
This book will be a valuable addition for Materials Scientists, Polymer Chemists, Surface Scientists, Bioengineers, Coatings Specialists, Chemical Engineers, and Scientists working in this important research field and industry.
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Table of Contents

Langmuir Monolayers at the Water/Air Interface
Langmuir/Blodgett/Kuhn Multilayer Assemblies
Layer-by-Layer Thin Films
Self-Assembled Monolayers and Multilayers
Layer-by-Layer Assemblies of Hybrid Materials
Polymer Brushes: Grafting From
Polymer Brushes: Grafting To
Grafted Hydrogels
Spin-Coated Films
Block Copolymer Films
Polymerized Electro-Polymerized Films
Plasma Deposition
"Soft Landing"

Bio-Functional Interfacial Architectures
Polymer Thin Films for Drug Delivery
Patterning by Photolithography
Nanopatterning of Thin Films by SPM
Block Copolymer Patterning and Lithography
Electronanopatterning of Conjugated Polymers
Electro-Optical Applications of Polymer Thin Films
Ellipsometry Techniques
Impedance Analysis
X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
Nanostuctured Optical Waveguides for Thin Film Characterization
Biomimetic Thin Films as a QCM-D Sensor
Characterization with the Surface Force Apparatus (SFA)
Electrochemical-Surface Plasmon Resonance Methods
Scattering Techniques for Thin Polymer Films
Biomimetic Thin Films as a QCM-D Sensor Platform
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Author Information

Wolfgang Knoll is scientific executive director of the newly founded Austrian Institute of Technology. Previously, he was one of the Directors at the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. A biophysicist by training, he spent time at the IBM Almaden Research Center in California before his habilitation at the Technical University of Munich in 1986. From 1991 to 1999, he was Head of Laboratory for Exotic Nanomaterials hosted by the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Wako, Japan. In 1992, he was also appointed Consulting Professor at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, California. He is the 2003 recipient of the Eugen and Inge Seibold Award of the German Science Foundation, receivedthe 2008 Exner Medal of the Austrian Trade Association and was elected in 2010 as a regular member to the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
. His current research interests include in particular structure-property relationships of polymeric and other organic systems in thin films and at functionalized surfaces.

Rigoberto Advincula is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas. He obtained his chemistry degrees from the University of Florida (Ph.D.) and the University of the Philippines (B.S.). He has published some 380 papers, including 155 peer-reviewed publications, 11 patents (and pending), and has co-edited the book on Polymer Brushes (Wiley-VCH 2005). He currently serves as Editor of Reactive and Functional Polymers and is on the Editorial Boards of Chemistry of Materials, ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Macromolecular Research, Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, and Polymer for Advance Technologies journals. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and also a Fellow of both the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) and the Polymer Chemistry Divisions of the ACS.
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“Engineering students would find this book a good companion guide for a class in electromagnetics.”  (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, 1 May 2013)

"A curious mind will always come out with a fresh new insight and an inspiration to learn, understand, and even invent. This book is dedicated to such an individual." (Current Engineering Practice, 2011)


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