Soft Fibrillar Materials: Fabrication and Applications
As one of the most important classes of soft materials, supramolecular materials are of a mixture of networks of molecular chains/fibrils and a liquid. These self-assembled fibrous/ molecular architectures exhibit various functionalities, ie. superhydrophobicity or superior mechanical strength, etc. and consist of the controllable structures.
They can be functioned via micro/nano engineering, to have some particular added functions, ie. emission materials, tissue engineering scaffolds, bio imaging and sensing materials etc. They have therefore found broad applications in photography, cosmetics, food and petroleum industries and not the least in the biomedical sector where there is strong interest in these materials as drug delivery agents.
The book covers the most important soft functional materials, including small molecule physical gels, silkworm silk and spider silk fibers and functional fibers, with respect both to the fundamentals and to development and engineering methods. It provides the reader with the necessary knowledge on the chemical and physical formation mechanisms of these materials and demonstrates that one can rationally design and tune the fibrillar networks so that the resulting materials exhibit the desired functionalities.
This work is a must-have for all Materials Scientists, Polymer Chemists, Condensed Matter Physicists, and Biotechnologists working in this interdisciplinary field.
Small Molecule Gels -
Gelator Classification and Self-Assembly
Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Fiber Network Formation in Small Molecule Gels
Applications of Small Molecule Gels
Metal Coordination to Assist Molecular Gelation
PART II. POLYMERIC HYDROGELS FROM NATURAL POLYMERS
Agarose Gel-Formation Mechanisms and Applications
Chitosan Gel-Preparation and Applications
PART III. NATURAL FIBERS: PROCESSING AND APPLICATIONS
Spider Silk and Silkworm Silk
PART IV. NANOFIBER TECHNOLOGIES
Fabrication, Assembly and Applications
Smart Fibers and Fabrics
Xiang Yang Liu is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Having obtained his PhD degree from the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, he spent his career working for Unilever Research Port Sunlight Lab before taking up his present appointment at NUS. Professor Liu has authored or co-authored more than 170 scientific publications and has received numerous scientific awards, including the 2007 Outstanding Researcher Award from NUS.