Polymer Physics: From Suspensions to Nanocomposites and Beyond / Edition 1

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This book offers a much-needed overview of the science of polymer physics today. It walks readers through important areas of advanced research in the field, explaining what scientists and engineers need to know about the interrelationships between polymer structures, morphology, and physical and mechanical behavior.

Polymer Physics is divided into four parts: Rheology, Thermodynamics, Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS), and Physics of the Polymeric Nanocomposites. Contributed chapters from leaders in the field emphasize the most important trends in polymer physics, from nanorheology and molecular modeling to PALS applications and physical aging. Key topics include:

The viscosity of suspensions and solutions

Kinetics of polymer aging

Molecular dynamics

Free volume

Solid-state physics, thermodynamics, and dynamics

Multi-component polymeric systems

Rheology of polymers with nano-fillers

An invaluable resource for chemists, chemical engineers, material scientists, and polymer scientists, Polymer Physics also provides practical guidance for professionals in the plastics, rubber, adhesives, fiber, and paint industries.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Featuring contributions from renowned experts, the book coers the basics of important areas in polymer plastics while projecting into the future, making it a valuable resource for students and chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists, and polymer scientists as well as professionals in related industries." (Book Circle, 1 September 2011)

"Providing a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art advanced research in the field, Polymer Physics: From suspensions to nanocomposites and beyond explores the interrelationships among polymer structure, morphology, and physical and mechanical behavior ." (PU Magazine, 1 June 2011)

"Featuring contributions from renowned experts, the book covers the basics of important areas in polymer physics while projecting into the future, making it a valuable resource for students and chemists, chemical engineers, materials scientists and polymer scientists as well as professionals in related industries.". (ET Polymers, 8 November 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470193426
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 776
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LESZEK A. UTRACKI, PhD, is a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Industrial Materials Institute, and a former adjunct professor at McGill University, Department of Chemical Engineering, in Montreal, Quebec. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books and has written forty-eight book chapters, hundreds of referenced and non-referenced journal articles, and meeting proceedings.

ALEXANDER M. JAMIESON, PhD, is Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has written hundreds of articles in referenced journals and three book chapters.

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface xiii

A Life with Polymers Robert Simha Ivan G. Otterness Alexander M. Jamieson 1

Part I Rheology 15

1 Newtonian Viscosity of Dilute, Semidilute, and Concentrated Polymer Solutions Alexander M. Jamieson Robert Simha 17

2 Polymer and Surfactant Drag Reduction in Turbulent Flows Jacques L. Zakin Wu Ge 89

3 Nanorheology of Polymer Nanoalloys and Nanocomposites Ken Nakajima Toshio Nishi 129

4 Volume Relaxation and the Lattice-Hole Model Richard E. Robertson Robert Simha 161

5 Dynamics of Materials at the Nanoscale: Small-Molecule Liquids and Polymer Films Gregory B. McKenna 191

Part II Thermodynamics 225

6 Equations of State and Free-Volume Content Pierre Moulinié Leszek A. Utracki 227

7 Spatial Configuration and Thermodynamic Characteristics of Main-Chain Liquid Crystals Akihiro Abe Hidemine Furuya 283

8 Bulk and Surface Properties of Random Copolymers in View of the Simha-Somcynsky Equation of State Hans-Werner Kammer Jörg Kressler 323

9 Physical Aging John (Iain) M. G. Cowie Valeria Arrighi 357

Part III Position Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy 391

10 Morphology of Free-Volume Holes in Amorphous Polymers by Means of Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy Giovanni Consolati Fiorenza Quasso 393

11 Local Free-Volume Distribution from PALS and Dynamics of Polymers Günter Dlubek 421

12 Positron Annihilation Lifetime Studies of Free Volume in Heterogeneous Polymer Systems Alexander M. Jamieson Brian G. Olson Sergei Nazarenko 473

Part IV Physics of the Polymeric Nanocomposites 523

13 Structure-Property Relationships of Nanocomposites Cyril Sender Jean Fabien Capsal Antoine Lonjon Alain Bernès Philippe Demont Éric Dantras Valérie Samouillan Jany Dandurand Colette Lacabanne Lydia Laffont 525

14 Free Volume in Molten and Glassy Polymers and Nanocomposites Leszek A. Utracki 553

15 Metal Particles Confined in Polymeric Matrices Luigi Nicolais Gianfranco Carotenuto 605

16 Rheology of Polymers with Nanofillers Leszek A. Utracki Maryam M. Sepehr Pierre J. Carreau 639

Appendix A Abbreviations and Notations 709

Appendix B Robert Simha Publications 737

Subject Index 755

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