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Emphasizing interrelationships between molecular structure and the morphology and mechanical behavior of polymers, this book incorporates new findings in processing and characterizing polymers. Here, you will find chapters devoted to polymer surfaces and polymer blends; discussions on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance methods; self-assembled polymers; scaling law basics, olymer processing, and current research interests such as thermoset plastics, supercritical fluids, biomedical applications, film formation, and much more. New topics for this fourth edition are nonocomposites, including carbon nanotubes and exfoliated montmorillonite clays, the structure, motions, and functions of DNA and proteins, as well as the interfaces of polymeric biomaterials with living organisms. In addition, ther are new sections on fire retardancy, friction and wear, and optical tweezers, to name a few.

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"Anyone in need of a basic text on polymer science would find this to be a very good choice, and it is highly recommended." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, January/February 2007)
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This third edition of a text and reference for students and professional chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists, and polymer researchers emphasizes the interrelationships between molecular structure and the morphology and mechanical behavior of polymers, and incorporates new findings in processing and characterizing polymers. There are new chapters on polymer surfaces and polymer blends, and new discussions of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance methods, self-assembled polymers, scaling law basics, and hyperbranched dendrimers. This new edition reflects current research in polyolefins, thermoset plastics, pyroelectric and piezoelectric polymers, and supercritical fluids. Many new worked examples and study problems have been added for this edition. Sperling teaches chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, and directs the Polymer Laboratory, Lehigh University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
New edition of a textbook, with three new chapters plus additions to old ones bringing up-to-date information on polymers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471706069
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/7/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 766,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Trained as a chemist, L. H. SPERLING is Professor Emeritus of both Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He remains active in consulting, speaking, and writing.

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Today, there are two main divisions in polymer science: polymer synthesis and polymer physics. While these are often integrated in one textbook to make a one-semester course, more and more colleges and universities are teaching polymer science in two semesters, making textbooks devoted to one-half or the other highly desirable. From another point of view, students interested primarily in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, or physics often have little preparation or interest in synthesis, but a course emphasizing theory and properties is their meat. This book is dedicated to all of those students and faculty who are interested in the physical side of polymer science.

For a long time now, between one-third and one-half of the chemists, chemical engineers, and materials science and engineers graduates of all degree levels have been engaged in some aspects of polymer science and engineering. While this has been commented on many times, the reader is directed to C&EN, 77 (26), 57 (1999) for recent statistics. The question of who is really specializing in polymers hinges on who asks and who answers. Take a chemical engineer in charge of a certain factory. The question is asked, ``What do you consider your professional specialty? They may answer, ``I'm a process engineer.'' The questioner continues, ``And what do you manufacture?'' ``Why, we make polyester fibers, of course!'' Is such an individual actually a process engineer, a polymer engineer, or some of both? Similar questions and responses could involve a physical chemist researching the interfacial bonding forces in polymer blends. I have become conceited enough to believe that such individuals would benefit professionally by at least a course or two in polymer science and engineering.

Actually a new breed of scientist/engineer is emerging: those individuals who are being degreed directly in polymer science and engineering. There are now several departments around America offering this program. In addition there are over 30 inter-disciplinary polymer degree programs in America, focused on various centers and institutes. For example, at Lehigh University, we have the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering, offering the M.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees, with five departments participating: chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics. The departments of chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science and engineering also offer an undergraduate minor in polymer science and engineering. Now, approximately one-half of all of the chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials departments around America offer at least one polymer course. Those interested in further statistics should contact the POLYED committee of the American Chemical Society.

A significant amount of new polymer research has been published since the second edition was finished in 1990, reflecting many key advances. The third edition has been given a general overhaul to incorporate these new findings, while deleting some outdated material. Many new example problems have been added throughout. Two new chapters have been added, polymer surfaces and interfaces, and multicomponent polymeric materials. With the added material, the instructor has several options. While it still is possible to teach substantially the whole book in one regular semester, the instructor may opt to emphasize one portion or the other to suit the student's interests and needs. Alternately, there is now ample material to provide two quarters worth of instruction.

Chapters 1 to 3 continue to be basic polymer science. Chapters 4 to 11 provide the bulk of physical polymer science fundamentals. Chapters 12 and 13, entirely new material, emphasize the new topics of polymer interfaces and multicomponent polymer materials. Chapter 14, about two-thirds new material, focuses on a range of modern topics, with some emphasis on applications. While this book emphasizes the subject of polymer physics, it is broader in outlook, covering aspects of polymer engineering and processing, materials science, and polymer history, while holding synthesis and kinetics to a minimum.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the many students who helped in proof-reading the various manuscripts. If I had to pay them even a nickel a correction, I would be a poor man! The result in each case, of course, is one fewer error that future students will have to endure. Many thanks must also be given to the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as the Materials Research Center and the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering. Special thanks must be given to Ms. Andrea Pressler, photographer par excellence, who provided many of the figures for the book. Special thanks are also due Ms. Gail Kriebel and her staff at the E. W. Fairchild--Martindale Library, who helped with literature searching, and provided me with a carrel.

L. H. Sperling
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

Symbols and Definitions.

1. Introduction to Polymer Science.

1.1. From Little Molecules to Big Molecules.

1.2. Molecular Weight and Molecular Weight Distributions.

1.2.1. Effect on Tensile Strength.

1.2.2. Molecular Weight Averages.

1.3. Major Polymer Transitions.

1.4. Polymer Synthesis and Structure.

1.4.1. Chain Polymerization. Free Radical Polymerization. Initiation. Propagation. Termination. Structure and Nomenclature.

1.4.2. Step Polymerization. A Polyester Condensation Reaction. Stepwise Nomenclature and Structures. Natural Product Polymers.

1.5. Cross-Linking, Plasticizers, and Fillers.

1.6. The Macromolecular Hypothesis.

1.7. Historical Development of Industrial Polymers.

1.8. Molecular Engineering.


General Reading.

Handbooks, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries.

Web Sites.

Study Problems.

Appendix 1.1. Names for Polymers.

2. Chain Structure and Configuration.

2.1. Examples of Configurations and Conformations.

2.1.1. Head-to-Head and Head-to-Tail Configurations.

2.1.2. Trans-Gauche Conformations.

2.2. Theory and Instruments.

2.2.1. Chemical Methods of Determining Microstructure.

2.2.2. General Physical Methods.

2.2.3. Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Characterization.

2.2.4. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods.

2.3. Stereochemistry of Repeating Units.

2.3.1. Chiral Centers.

2.3.2. Tacticity in Polymers.

2.3.3. Meso- and Racemic Placements.

2.3.4. Proton Spectra by NMR.

2.4. Repeating Unit Isomerism.

2.4.1. Optical Isomerism.

2.4.2. Geometric Isomerism.

2.4.3. Substitutional Isomerism.

2.4.4. Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Characterization.

2.5. Common Types of Copolymers.

2.5.1. Unspecified Copolymers.

2.5.2. Statistical Copolymers.

2.5.3. Random copolymers.

2.5.4. Alternating Copolymers.

2.5.5. Periodic Copolymers.

2.6. NMR in Modern Research.

2.6.1. Dilute Solution Studies: Mer Distribution.

2.6.2. High-Resolution NMR in the Solid State.

2.7. Multicomponent Polymers.

2.7.1. Block Copolymers.

2.7.2. Graft Copolymers.

2.7.3. AB-Cross-linked Copolymers.

2.7.4. Interpenetrating Polymer Networks.

2.7.5. Other Polymer-Polymer Combinations.

2.7.6. Separation and Identification of Multicomponent Polymers.

2.8. Conformational States in Polymers.

2.9. Analysis of Polymers during Mechanical Strain.

2.10. Photophysics of Polymers.

2.10.1. Quenching Phenomena.

2.10.2. Excimer Formation.

2.10.3. Experimental Studies. Microstructure of Polystyrene. Excimer Stability.

2.11. Configuration and Conformation.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 2.1. Assorted Isomeric and Copolymer Macromolecules.

3. Dilute Solution Thermodynamics, Molecular Weights, and Sizes.

3.1. Introduction.

3.1.1. Polymer Size and Shape.

3.1.2. How Does a Polymer Dissolve?.

3.2. The Solubility Parameter.

3.2.1. Solubility Parameter Tables.

3.2.2. Experimental Determination.

3.2.3. Theoretical Calculation: An Example.

3.3. Thermodynamics of Mixing.

3.3.1. Types of Solutions. The Ideal Solution. Statistical Thermodynamics of Mixing. Other Types of Solutions.

3.3.2. Dilute Solutions.

3.3.3. Values of the Flory-Huggins c1 Parameter.

3.3.4. A Worked Example for the Free Energy of Mixing.

3.4. Molecular Weight Averages.

3.5. Determination of the Number-Average Molecular Weight.

3.5.1. End-Group Analyses.

3.5.2 Colligative Properties.

3.5.3. Osmotic Pressure. Thermodynamic Basis. Instrumentation. The Flory q-Temperature.

3.6. Weight-Average Molecular Weights and Radii of Gyration.

3.6.1. Scattering Theory and Formulations.

3.6.2. The Appropriate Angular Range.

3.6.3. The Zimm Plot.

3.6.4. Polymer Chain Dimensions and Random Coils.

3.6.5. Scattering Data.

3.6.6. Dynamic Light-Scattering.

3.7. Molecular Weights of Polymers.

3.7.1. Molecular Weights of Polymers.

3.7.2. Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Polymerization. Thermodynamics of Chain Polymerization. Kinetics of Chain Polymerization. Thermodynamics of Step Polymerization. Kinetics of Step Polymerizations.

3.7.3. Molecular Weight Distributions.

3.7.4. Gelation and Network Formation.

3.8. Intrinsic Viscosity.

3.8.1. Definition of Terms.

3.8.2. The Equivalent Sphere Model.

3.8.3. The Mark-Houwink Sakurada Relationship.

3.8.4. Intrinsic Viscosity Experiments.

3.8.5. Example Calculation Involving Intrinsic Viscosity.

3.9. Gel Permeation Chromatography.

3.9.1. Theory of Gel Permeation Chromatography.

3.9.2. Utilization of Distribution Coefficients in GPC and HPLC.

3.9.3. Types of Chromatography.

3.9.4. GPC Instrumentation.

3.9.5. Calibration.

3.9.6. Selected Current Research Problems.

3.9.7. The Universal Calibration.

3.9.8. Properties of Cyclic Polymers.

3.10. Mass Spectrometry.

3.10.1. High Molecular Weight Studies.

3.10.2. Advances Using MALDI Techniques. Small Sample Size. Oligomer and Telomer-Type Studies. Calibration of Results.

3.11. Instrumentation for Molecular Weight Determination.

3.12. Solution Thermodynamics and Molecular Weights.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 3.1. Calibration and Application of Light-Scattering.

Instrumentation for the Case Where P(q) = 1 / 142.

4. Concentrated Solutions, Phase Separation Behavior, and Diffusion.

4.1. Phase Separation and Fractionation.

4.1.1. Motor Oil Viscosity Example.

4.1.2. Polymer-Solvent Systems.

4.1.3. Vitrification Effects.

4.2. Regions of the Polymer-Solvent Phase Diagram.

4.3. Polymer-Polymer Phase Separation.

4.3.1. Phase Diagrams.

4.3.2. Thermodynamics of Phase Separation.

4.3.3. An Example Calculation: Molecular Weight Miscibility Limit.

4.3.4. Equation of State Theories.

4.3.5. Kinetics of Phase Separation.

4.3.6. Miscibility in Statistical Copolymer Blends.

4.3.7. Polymer Blend Characterization.

4.3.8. Graft Copolymers and IPNs.

4.3.9. Block Copolymers.

4.3.10. Example Calculations with Block Copolymers.

4.3.11. Ionomers.

4.4. Diffusion and Permeability in Polymers.

4.4.1. Swelling Phenomena.

4.4.2. Fick's Laws.

4.4.3. Permeability Units.

4.4.4. Permeability Data.

4.4.5. Effect of Permeant Size.

4.4.6. Permselectivity of Polymeric Membranes and Separations. Types of Membranes. Gas Separations.

4.4.7. Gas Permeability in Polymer Blends.

4.4.8. Fickian and Non-Fickian Diffusion.

4.4.9. Controlled Drug Delivery via Diffusion. Methods of Incorporating Drugs into Polymers. Drug Diffusion Kinetics. Design of Transdermal Delivery Systems.

4.5. Latexes and Suspensions.

4.5.1. Natural Rubber Latex.

4.5.2. Colloidal stability and Film Formation.

4.6. Multicomponent and Multiphase Materials.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 4.1. Scaling Law Theories and Applications.

5. The Amorphous State.

5.1. The Amorphous Polymer State.

5.1.1. Solids and Liquids.

5.1.2. Possible Residual Order in Amorphous Polymers?.

5.2. Experimental Evidence Regarding Amorphous Polymers.

5.2.1. Short-Range Interactions in Amorphous Polymers.

5.2.2. Long-Range Interactions in Amorphous Polymers. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. Electron and X-Ray Diffraction. General Properties.

5.3. Conformation of the Polymer Chain.

5.3.1. Models and Ideas. The Freely Jointed Chain. Kuhn Segments.

5.3.2. The Random Coil.

5.3.3. Models of Polymer Chains in the Bulk Amorphous State.

5.4. Macromolecular Dynamics.

5.4.1. The Rouse-Bueche Theory.

5.4.2. Reptation and Chain Motion. The de Gennes Reptation Theory. Fickian and Non-Fickian Diffusion.

5.4.3. Nonlinear Chains.

5.4.4. Experimental Methods of Determining Diffusion Coefficients.

5.5. Concluding Remarks.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 5.1. History of the Random Coil Model for Polymer Chains.

Appendix 5.2. Calculations Using the Diffusion Coefficient.

Appendix 5.3. Nobel Prize Winners in Polymer Science and Engineering.

6. The Crystalline State.

6.1. General Considerations.

6.1.1. Historical Aspects.

6.1.2. Melting Phenomena.

6.1.3. Example Calculation of Percent Crystallinity.

6.2. Methods of Determining Crystal Structure.

6.2.1. A Review of Crystal Structure.

6.2.2. X-Ray methods.

6.2.3. Electron Diffraction of Single Crystals.

6.2.4. Infrared Absorption.

6.2.5. Raman Spectra.

6.3. The Unit Cell of Crystalline Polymers.

6.3.1. Polyethylene.

6.3.2. Other Polyolefin Polymers.

6.3.3. Polar Polymers and Hydrogen Bonding.

6.3.4. Polymorphic Forms of Cellulose.

6.3.5. Principles of Crystal Structure Determination.

6.4. Structure of Crystalline Polymers.

6.4.1. The Fringed Micelle Model.

6.4.2. Polymer Single Crystals. The Folded-Chain Model. The Switchboard Model.

6.5. Crystallization from the Melt.

6.5.1. Spherulitic Morphology.

6.5.2. Mechanism of Spherulite Formation.

6.5.3. Spherulites in Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers.

6.5.4. Percent Crystallinity in Polymers.

6.6. Kinetics of Crystallization.

6.6.1. Experimental Observations of Crystallization Kinetics.

6.6.2. Theories of Crystallization Kinetics. The Avrami Equation. Keith-Padden Kinetics of Spherulitic Crystallization. Hoffman's Nucleation Theory. Example Calculation of the Fold Surface Free Energy. Three Regimes of Crystallization Kinetics.

6.6.3. Analysis of the Three Crystallization Regimes. Kinetics of Crystallization. Experimental Data on Regimes I, II, and III. Changes in Crystal Growth Habit.

6.6.4. The Entropic Barrier Theory.

6.7. The Reentry Problem in Lamellae.

6.7.1. Infrared Spectroscopy.

6.7.2. Carbon-13 NMR.

6.7.3. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. Single-Crystal Studies. Melt-Crystallized Polymers.

6.7.4. Extended Chain Crystals.

6.8. Thermodynamics of Fusion.

6.8.1. Theory of Melting Point Depression.

6.8.2. Example Calculation of Melting Point Depression.

6.8.3. Experimental Thermodynamic Parameters.

6.8.4. Entropy of Melting.

6.8.5. The Hoffman-Weeks Equilibrium Melting Temperature.

6.9. Effect of Chemical Structure on the Melting Temperature.

6.10. Fiber Formation and Structure.

6.10.1. X-Ray Fiber Diagrams.

6.10.2. Natural Fibers.

6.11. The Hierarchical Structure of Polymeric Materials.

6.12. How Do You Know It's a Polymer?.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

7. Polymers in the Liquid Crystalline State.

7.1. Definition of a Liquid Crystal.

7.2. Rod-Shaped Chemical Structures.

7.3. Liquid Crystalline Mesophases.

7.3.1. Mesophase Topologies.

7.3.2. Phase Diagrams.

7.3.3. First-Order Transitions.

7.4. Liquid Crystal Classification.

7.4.1. Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Chemical Structures.

7.4.2. Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Chemical Structures.

7.4.3. Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Chemical Structures.

7.5. Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams.

7.5.1. Historical Aspects.

7.5.2. Importance of the c1 Parameter.

7.6. Mesophase Identification in Thermotropic Polymers.

7.7. Fiber Formation.

7.7.1. Viscosity of Lyotropic Solutions.

7.7.2. Molecular Orientation.

7.8. Comparison of Major Polymer Types.

7.8.1. Molecular Conformation.

7.8.2. Properties in bulk.

7.9. Basic Requirements for Liquid Crystal Formation.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

8. Glass-Rubber Transition Behavior.

8.1. Simple Mechanical Relationships.

8.1.1. Modulus. Young's Modulus. Shear Modulus.

8.1.2. Newton's Law.

8.1.3. Poisson's Ratio.

8.1.4. The Bulk Modulus and Compressibility.

8.1.5. Relationships among E, G, B, and n.

8.1.6. Compliance versus Modulus.

8.1.7. Numerical Values for E.

8.1.8. Storage and Loss Moduli.

8.1.9. Elongational Viscosity.

8.2. Five Regions of Viscoelastic Behavior.

8.2.1. The Glassy Region.

8.2.2. The Glass Transition Region.

8.2.3. The Rubbery Plateau Region.

8.2.4. The Rubbery Flow Region.

8.2.5. The Liquid flow Region.

8.2.6. Effect of Plasticizers.

8.2.7. Definitions of the Terms "Transition," "Relaxation," and "Dispersion".

8.2.8. Melt Viscosity Relationships Near TG.

8.2.9. Dynamic Mechanical Behavior through the Five Regions.

8.3. Methods of Measuring Transitions in Polymers.

8.3.1. Dilatometry Studies.

8.3.2. Thermal Methods.

8.3.3. Mechanical Methods.

8.3.4. Dielectric and Magnetic Methods.

8.3.5. A Comparison of the Methods.

8.3.6. The Cole-Cole Plot.

8.4. Other Transitions and Relaxations.

8.4.1. The Schatzki Crankshaft Mechanism. The Main-Chain Motions. Side-Chain Motions.

8.4.2. The Tll Transition.

8.5. Time and Frequency Effects on Relaxation Processes.

8.5.1. Time Dependence in Dilatometric Studies.

8.5.2. Time Dependence in Mechanical Relaxation Studies.

8.5.3. Frequency Effects in Dynamic Experiments.

8.6. Theories of the Glass Transition.

8.6.1. The Free-Volume Theory. TG as an ISO-Free-Volume State. The WLF Equation. An Example of WLF Calculations.

8.6.2. The Kinetic Theory of the Glass Transition. Estimations of the Free-Volume Hole Size in Polymers. Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy.

8.6.3. Thermodynamic Theory of TG. The Gibbs and DiMarzio Theory. Effect of Cross-Link Density on TG. A Summary of the Glass Transition Theories. A Unifying Treatment.

8.7. Effect of Molecular Weight on TG.

8.7.1. Linear Polymers.

8.7.2. Effect of TG on Polymerization.

8.8. Effect of Copolymerization on TG.

8.8.1. One-Phase Systems.

8.8.2. Two-Phase Systems.

8.9. Effect of Crystallinity on TG.

8.9.1. The Glass Transition of Polyethylene.

8.9.2. The Nylon Family Glass Transition.

8.9.3. Relationships between TG and TF.

8.9.4. Heat Distortion Temperature.

8.10. Dependence of TG on Chemical Structure.

8.10.1. Effect of Aliphatic Side Groups on TG.

8.10.2. Effect of Tacticity on TG.

8.11. Effect of Pressure on TG.

8.12. Damping and Dynamic Mechanical Behavior.

8.13. Definitions of Elastomers, Plastics, Adhesives, and Fibers.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 8.1. Molecular Motion near the Glass Transition.

9. Cross-linked Polymers and Rubber Elasticity.

9.1. Cross-links and Networks.

9.1.1. The Sol-Gel Transition.

9.1.2. Micronetworks.

9.2. Historical Development of Rubber.

9.2.1. Early Developments.

9.2.2. Modern Developments.

9.3. Rubber Network Structure.

9.4. Rubber Elasticity Concepts.

9.5. Thermodynamic Equation of State.

9.6. Equation of State for Gases.

9.7. Statistical Thermodynamics of Rubber Elasticity.

9.7.1. The Equation of State for a Single Chain.

9.7.2. The Equation of State for a Macroscopic Network.

9.7.3. Some Example Calculations. An Example of Rubber Elasticity Calculations. An Example of Work Done during Stretching. An Example Using MC.

9.8. The "Carnot Cycle" for Elastomers.

9.8.1. The Carnot Cycle for a Gas.

9.8.2. The Carnot Cycle for an Elastomer.

9.8.3. Work and Efficiency.

9.8.4. An Elastomer Thermal Cycle Demonstration.

9.9. Continuum Theories of Rubber Elasticity.

9.9.1. The Mooney-Rivlin Equation.

9.9.2. Generalized Strain-Energy Functions.

9.10. Some Refinements to Rubber Elasticity.

9.10.1. The Inverse Langevin Function.

9.10.2. Cross-link Functionality.

9.10.3. Network Defects.

9.10.4. Volume Changes and Swelling.

9.10.5. Physical Cross-links. Trapped Entanglements. The Phantom Network.

9.10.6. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering.

9.11. Internal Energy Effects.

9.11.1. Thermoelastic Behavior of Rubber.

9.11.2. Experimental Values.

9.12. The Flory-Rehner Equation.

9.12.1. Causes of Swelling.

9.12.2. Example Calculation of Young's Modulus from Swelling Data.

9.13. Gelation Phenomena in Polymers.

9.13.1. Gelation in Solution.

9.13.2. Gelation during Polymerization.

9.13.3. Hydrogels.

9.14. Gels and Gelation.

9.15. Effects of Strain on the Melting Temperature.

9.16. Elastomers in Current Use.

9.16.1. Classes of Elastomers. Diene Types. Saturated Elastomers. Thermoplastic Elastomers. Inorganic Elastomers.

9.16.2. Reinforcing Fillers and Other Additives.

9.17. Summary of Rubber Elasticity Behavior.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 9.1. Gelatin as a Physically Cross-linked Elastomer.

Appendix 9.2. Elastic Behavior of a Rubber Band.

Appendix 9.3. Determination of the Cross-link Density of Rubber by Swelling to Equilibrium.

10. Polymer Viscoelasticity and Rheology.

10.1. Stress Relaxation and Creep.

10.1.1. Molecular Bases of Stress Relaxation and Creep.

10.1.2. Models for Analyzing Stress Relaxation and Creep. The Maxwell and Kelvin Elements. The Four-Element Model. The Takayanagi Models.

10.2. Relaxation and Retardation Times.

10.2.1. The Relaxation Time.

10.2.2. Applications of Relaxation Times to Chemical Reactions. Chemical Stress Relaxation. Procedure X. Continuous and Intermittent Stress Relaxation.

10.2.3. The Retardation Time.

10.2.4. Dynamic Mechanical Behavior of Springs and Dashpots.

10.2.5. Molecular Relaxation Processes.

10.2.6. Diffusion at Short Times.

10.2.7. Relationships among Molecular Parameters. Example Problem for the Plateau Modulus of Polystyrene. Example Problem Relating to Adhesives.

10.2.8. Physical Aging in the Glassy State.

10.3. The Time-Temperature Superposition Principle.

10.3.1. The Master Curve.

10.3.2. The Reduced Frequency Nomograph.

10.4. Polymer Melt Viscosity.

10.4.1. The WLF Constants.

10.4.2. The Molecular-Weight Dependence of the Melt Viscosity. Critical Entanglement Chain Length. An Example Calculation of Melt Viscosity. Analysis of Mcâ?º. The Tube Diffusion Coefficient.

10.5. Polymer Rheology.

10.5.1. Shear Dependence of Viscosity.

10.5.2. Normal Stress Differences.

10.5.3. Dynamic Viscosity.

10.5.4. Instruments and Experiments.

10.5.5. General Definitions and Terms.

10.6. Overview of Viscoelasticity and Rheology.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 10.1. Energy of Activation from Chemical Stress Relaxation Times.

Appendix 10.2. Viscoelasticity of Cheese.

11. Mechanical Behavior of Polymers.

11.1. An Energy Balance for Deformation and Fracture.

11.1.1. The First Law of Thermodynamics.

11.1.2. Relations for Springs and Dashpots.

11.2. Deformation and Fracture in Polymers.

11.2.1. Stress-Strain Behavior of Polymers. General Behavior. Tensile Strength of Plastics. Time and Temperature Effects. Semicrystalline Polymers. Liquid Crystalline Polymers.

11.2.2. Cold Drawing in Crystalline Polymers.

11.2.3 The Brittle-Ductile Transition.

11.2.4. Impact Resistance. Instrumentation. Toughening by Rubber Addition.

11.2.5. Mechanical Behavior of Elastomers. Stress-Strain Behavior. Viscoelastic Rupture of Elastomers.

11.2.6. Fiber-Reinforced Plastics. Matrix Materials. Silane Interfacial Bonding Agents. Molecular Composites.

11.3. Crack Growth.

11.3.1. The Griffith Equation.

11.3.2. The Stress Intensity Factor.

11.3.3. A Worked Example for a Center-Notched Sample.

11.4. Cyclic Deformations.

11.4.1. Mechanisms of Crack Growth.

11.4.2. Fatigue Crack Propagation.

11.5. Molecular Aspects of Fracture and Healing in Polymers.

11.5.1. Fracture and Healing at a Polymer-Polymer Interface.

11.5.2. Molecular Basis of Fracture in Glassy Plastics. Energy Well Activation. Chain Pullout. Temperature of Chains Being Pulled Out. Molecular Weight Requirements.

11.5.3. Scaling Laws for a Polymer-Polymer Interface.

11.5.4. Tensile Strength Dependence on Interdiffusion Distance.

11.6. Friction and Wear in Polymers.

11.6.1. Definitions of Friction and Wear.

11.6.2. Characteristic Polymeric Behavior.

11.7. Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Polymers.

11.7.1. Dental Restorative Materials. Fillers and Related Materials. Denture Teeth.

11.7.2. Hip Joint Replacement.

11.8. Summary.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

12. Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces.

12.1. Polymer Surfaces.

12.2. Thermodynamics of Surfaces and Interfaces.

12.2.1. Surface Tension.

12.2.2. Example Calculation of Surface Tensions.

12.2.3. Polymer Blend Interfaces.

12.2.4. Crystalline and Glassy Polymers.

12.3. Instrumental Methods of Characterization.

12.3.1. Surface Tension and contact Angles.

12.3.2. ESCA (XPS).

12.3.3. Scanning Electron Microscopy.

12.3.4. Scanning Probe Microscopy. Near Atomically Sharp Rasters. The Molecular Basis of Friction. Topography, Friction, and Elasticity.

12.3.5. Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, SIMS.

12.3.6. Ion Beam Analysis. RBS, FRES, and NRA Instruments. Observations of Block Copolymers and Interfaces.

12.3.7. Neutron Reflectometry. The Ripple Experiment. Theoretical Polymer Blend Interphase Thickness. Example Calculation of Interphase Thickness. Experimentally Determined Interphase Thicknesses.

12.3.8. Determination of Interior Surface Areas. Theory for X-Ray, Neutron and Light-Scattering. K-4 Dependence of Interphase Thickness.

12.4. Conformation of Polymer Chains in a Polymer Blend Interphase.

12.5. The Dilute Solution-Solid Interface.

12.5.1. Nondrip Latex Paint.

12.5.2. Conformation of Polymer Chains at Solution Interfaces.

12.5.3. Example Calculation of P.

12.5.4. Conformation of the Bound Chains with Increasing Solution Concentration.

12.5.5. Example Calculation: A Single Chain Bound to Two Colloid Particles.

12.5.6. Depletion Zones.

12.6. Instrumental Methods for Analyzing Polymer Solution Interfaces.

12.6.1. The Force Balance Apparatus (Surface Forces Apparatus).

12.6.2. Total Internal Reflectance Fluorescence, TIRF.

12.6.3. Brewster Angle Reflectivity.

12.6.4. Dynamic Light-Scattering.

12.7. Theoretical aspects of the Organization of Chains at Walls.

12.7.1. The Self-similarity of Polymer Chains near Walls.

12.7.2. Fractionation of Polymer Chains near Walls.

12.7.3. The Glass Transition Behavior of Thin Films. Free-standing Films. Supported Films.

12.7.4. Fractal-like Interfaces.

12.8. Adhesion at Interfaces.

12.8.1. Forms of Adhesives.

12.8.2. Strength of Adhesion with Cross-Linking.

12.8.3. Experimental Measurement of Adhesion Forces.

12.8.4. Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives.

12.8.5. Surface Modification.

12.8.6. Adhesion Bonding Energies and the Drago Constants. Basic Theory. Example Calculation. Use of the Drago Constants in Adhesion Problems.

12.9. Interfaces of Polymeric Biomaterials with Living Organisms.

12.9.1. The Requirements of Bone Cements.

12.9.2. Blood-Contacting Polymers.

12.10. Overview of Polymer Surface and Interface Science.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

Appendix 12.1. Estimation of Fractal Dimensions.

13. Multicomponent Polymeric Materials.

13.1. Classification Schemes for Multicomponent Polymeric Materials.

13.1.1. Combinations of Two Kinds of Mers.

13.1.2. Polymer-Based Composites.

13.2. Miscible and Immiscible Polymer Pairs.

13.3. The Glass Transition Behavior of Multicomponent Polymer Materials.

13.3.1. The Glass Transitions of Polymer Blends.

13.3.2. An Example Calculation of Polymer Blend Glass Transition Temperatures.

13.3.3. Glass Transitions of Polymer Composites.

13.4. The Modulus of Multicomponent Polymeric Materials.

13.4.1. Moduli of Particulate Composites.

13.4.2. Example Calculation of Composite Moduli.

13.4.3. Other Mathematical Relationships for Modulus Calculations. The Kerner Equation. The Guth-Smallwood Equation. The Davies Equation. Example Calculations with the Davies Equation. The Halpin-Tsai Equations. An Example Calculation Using the Halpin-Tsai Equations. The Mori-Tanaka Average Stress Theory.

13.5. The Morphology of Multiphase Polymeric Materials.

13.5.1. Phase Inversion.

13.5.2. Example Calculation of Phase Inversion.

13.5.3. Morphology of ABS Plastics.

13.5.4. Phase Domain Size in Sequential IPNs.

13.6. Phase Diagrams in Polymer Blends (Broad Definition).

13.6.1. The Order-Disorder Transition in Block Copolymers.

13.6.2. Self-assembly in ABC Block Copolymers. Domain Periods. Crystallizable Block Polymer Morphologies.

13.6.3. The Development of IPN Morphologies. The TTT Cure Diagram. The Metastable Phase Diagram.

13.7. Morphology of Composite Materials.

13.7.1. Reinforcing Carbon Blacks.

13.7.2. Fiber-Reinforced Plastics.

13.8. Nanotechnology-Based Materials.

13.8.1. Definition and General Behavior of Nano-sized Structures.

13.8.2. The Discovery of Carbon Nanotubes.

13.8.3. SWNT as Macromolecules.

13.8.4. Modification of SWNT.

13.8.5. Composites Based on SWNT.

13.8.6. Potential Applications of SWNT.

13.9. Montmorillonite Clays.

13.9.1. Intercalation and Exfoliation.

13.9.2. Polyamde-6-Clay Nanocomposites.

13.9.3. Thermodynamics of Polymer-Clay composites.

13.9.4. Epoxy-Clay Nanocomposites,and Other Systems.

13.9.5. Diffusion Barrier Enhancement with Exfoliated Clays.

13.9.6. Mechanical Behavior of Montmorillonite Composites.

13.9.7. Industrial Applications of Montmorillonite Nanocomposites.

13.10. Fracture Behavior of Multiphase Polymeric Materials.

13.10.1. Rubber-Toughened Plastics.

13.10.2. Toughening Mechanisms in Composite materials.

13.10.3. Matrix and Fiber Roles in Composites.

13.11. Processing and Applications of Polymer Blends and Composites.

13.11.1. Processing of Sheet Molding Compounds.

13.11.2. General Considerations in Application Science.

13.11.3. Applications of Polymers, Polymer Blends, and Composites.


General Reading.

Study Problems.

14. Modern Polymer Topics.

14.1. Polyolefins.

14.1.1. The Global Picture.

14.1.2. Polyethylene Properties.

14.1.3. Polypropylene Properties.

14.1.4. Polyolefin Elastomers.

14.2. Thermoset Polymer Materials.

14.2.1. Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins.

14.2.2. Epoxy Resins.

14.2.3. Polyimides.

14.2.4. Mechanical Behavior.

14.3. Polymer and Polymer Blend Aspects of Bread Doughs.

14.3.1. Polymer Blend Aspects of Bread Making.

14.3.2. Morphology changes during Baking.

14.3.3. Mechanical Treatment (Kneading).

14.3.4. Bread Staling.

14.3.5. Bread and Meatlike Textures.

14.4. Natural Product Polymers.

14.4.1. Silk Fiber Spinning.

14.4.2. Bacteria-Produced Polyesters.

14.5. Dendritic Polymers and Other Novel Polymeric Structures.

14.5.1. Aspects of Self-Assembly. Polyrotaxanes. Mushroom Nanostructures. Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers.

14.5.2. Intrinsic Viscosity of Dendrimers.

14.5.3. Electron Microscopy Studies of Dendrimers.

14.5.4. Applications of Dendrimers.

14.5.5. Hyperbranched Polymer Characterization.

14.6. Polymers in Supercritical Fluids.

14.6.1. General Properties of Supercritical Fluids.

14.6.2. Dispersion Polymerization via Supercritical Fluids.

14.6.3. Applications of Polymers in Supercritical Fluids.

14.7. Electrical Behavior of Polymers.

14.7.1. Basic Electrical Relationships.

14.7.2. Range of Polymer Electrical Behavior
14.7.3. Conducting Polymers.

14.8. Polymers for Nonlinear Optics.

14.8.1. Theoretical Relationships.

14.8.2. Experimental NLO Studies.

14.9. Light-Emitting Polymers and Electroactive Materials.

14.9.1. Electroluminescence.

14.9.2. Electroactive Polymers Piezoelectric Polymers. Low Mass Muscle Actuators.

14.10. Optical Tweezers in Biopolymer Research.

14.10.1. The Physics of Optical Tweezer Experiments.

14.10.2. Range of Investigations in Protein and DNA Research.

14.10.3. Studies on Synthetic Polymers: Bound Poly(ethyleneoxide).

14.11. The 3-D Structure and Function of Biopolymers.

14.11.1. The Polymer Structure and organization of DNA.

14.11.2. The Amino Acids.

14.11.3. The Relationship of DNA to Protein Sequencing.

14.11.4. The Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Protein Motions. Kinesin Motions. Actin and Myosin Motions in Muscle Tissue.

14.11.5. Laboratory Synthesis of DNA and Polypeptides.

14.12. Fire Retardancy in Polymers.

14.12.1. Basic Concepts of Polymer Combustion.

14.12.2. Current Methods of Retarding Fire in Polymers.

14.12.3. The Limiting Oxygen Index.

14.12.4. The Nanocomposite Approach to Fire Retardancy.

14.13. Polymer Solution-Induced Drag Reduction.

14.13.1. The Physics of Drag Reduction.

14.13.2. Polymers in Drag Reduction.

14.13.3. Applications of Drag Reducing Polymers.

14.13.4. Current Status.

14.14. Modern engineering Plastics.

14.15. Major Advances in Polymer Science and Engineering.


General Reading.

Study Problems.


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    As the 4th edition introductory book on physical polymer chemistry I feel the text lacked organization. Frequently, the author would reference material covered in future chapters that is necessary to grasp the current material. There are very few examples and many formulas, although correct, are mysteriously synthesized without any explanation. <BR/><BR/>It was obvious that much time was spent adding technical material and research results but not much time regarding the "flow" of the material. If you have a solid understanding of chemistry and do not mind jumping around the book, this text may be for you. If not, I would suggest seeking enlightenment elsewhere.

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