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Soft Matter, Volume 2: Complex Colloidal Suspensions



Soft Matter, Volume 2: Complex Colloidal Suspensions

Gerhard Gompper (Editor), Michael Schick (Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-31369-3 February 2006 300 Pages


Soft Matter encompasses a wide range of systems of varying components, including synthetic and biological polymers, colloids, and amphiphiles. The distinguishing features of these systems is their characteristic size, which is much larger than that of their atomic counterparts, and their characteristic energy, which is much smaller. Because of their ability to assemble themselves into complex structures, they form the major components of biological systems and technological applications.

This second volume of the unique interdisciplinary "Soft Matter" series comprehensively describes colloids and their properties.
The structural and thermodynamic properties of mixtures of rod-like and spherical colloids and of mixtures colloids and polymers, as well as the dynamical behavior of rod-like colloids are treated in depth. Again leading scientists have contributed articles that both introduce readers to this field, and serve as a source of reference for experts.
Phase behavior of rod-like viruses and virus/sphere mixtures
Field theory of polymer-colloid interactions
Rod-like Brownian particles in shear flow
"Considered as a whole, these two volumes form a good beginning to a comprehensive treatment of this fast-growing field of research. One certainly hopes that the series will be extended to cover some other, equally important, aspects, such as the glass transition in colloidal suspensions. These volumes definitely belong on the desk of every experimentalist working in this field, and they will undoubtedly also be useful for introductory courses on this subject."
Angewandte Chemie

"...a unique series, holding great promise, strongly emphasizing the current state of the art in this field, as well as looking towards the future, and by doing so, inspiring new generations of scientists. Overall, this is an excellent and most useful initiative, which can be highly recommended to the research community and to advanced graduate students primarily in physics. However, physical and colloidal chemists and materials scientists will also benefit from this work."
Advanced Materials