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Microgel Suspensions: Fundamentals and Applications

Microgel Suspensions: Fundamentals and Applications

Alberto Fernandez-Nieves (Editor), Hans Wyss (Editor), Johan Mattsson (Editor), David A. Weitz (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-63301-2

Jan 2011

484 pages

$160.99

Description

Providing a vital link between chemistry and physics on the nanoscale, this book offers concise coverage of the entire topic in five major sections, beginning with synthesis of microgel particles and continuing with their physical properties. The phase behavior and dynamics of resulting microgel suspensions feature in the third section, followed by their mechanical properties. It concludes with detailed accounts of numerous industrial, commercial and medical applications.
Edited by David Weitz, Professor at Harvard and one of the world's pre-eminent experts in the field.
I. SYNTHESIS
Synthesis of Microgel Particles -
Linking Chemistry and Physics
Polymerization Kinetics of Microgel Particles
Functional Microgel Particles
II. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF MICROGEL PARTICLES
Swelling Thermodynamics
Internal Structure of Microgel Particles
III. PHASE BEHAVIOR AND DYNAMICS
Statistical Mechanics of Soft Particles
Packing Soft Objects
Crystallization of Microgel Particles
Weakly Attractive Microgel-based Colloidal Gels
Microgel Suspensions as Model Glass Formers -
The Role of Softness
Use of Microgel Particles as Models to Study Crystallization and Melting
IV. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Flow, Slip and Rheology of Microgel Suspensions
Local and Macroscopic Mechanics of Hydrogel Suspensions
Rheology of Industrially Relevant Microgels
V. APPLICATIONS
Microgels for Lenses, Photonic Crystals and Sensors
Microgels for Drug Delivery
Microgels for Oil Recovery
Microgels for Cosmetics
The role of Microgels in Toothpaste

“This text is aimed at both students and those at the forefront of research.  It works well and many would benefit from reading it.”  (Materials World, 1 September 2013)