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A comprehensive introduction to the structure, properties, and applications of materials
This title provides the first unified treatment for the broad subject of materials. Authors Gersten and Smith use a fundamental approach to define the structure and properties of a wide range of solids on the basis of the local chemical bonding and atomic order present in the material. Emphasizing the physical and chemical origins of material properties, the book focuses on the most technologically important materials being utilized and developed by scientists and engineers.
Appropriate for use in advanced materials courses, The Physics and Chemistry of Materials provides the background information necessary to assimilate the current academic and patent literature on materials and their applications. Problem sets, illustrations, and helpful tables complete this well-rounded new treatment.
Five sections cover these important topics:
* Structure of materials, including crystal structure, bonding in solids, diffraction and the reciprocal lattice, and order and disorder in solids
* Physical properties of materials, including electrical, thermal, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties
* Classes of materials, including semiconductors, superconductors, magnetic materials, and optical materials in addition to metals, ceramics, polymers, dielectrics, and ferroelectrics
* A section on surfaces, thin films, interfaces, and multilayers discusses the effects of spatial discontinuities in the physical and chemical structure of materials
* A section on synthesis and processing examines the effects of synthesis on the structure and properties of various materials
This book is enhanced by a Web-based supplement that offers advanced material together with an entire electronic chapter on the characterization of materials. The Physics and Chemistry of Materials is a complete introduction to the structure and properties of materials for students and an excellent reference for scientists and engineers.

*An Instructor's Manual presenting detailed solutions to all the problems in the book is available from the Wiley editorial department.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This text...defines the structure and properties of a range of solids on the basis of the local chemical bonding and atomic order present in the material." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2001)

"To capture the essence of this vast subject in any detail is a difficult undertaking in one single book, but on the whole I believe that the authors have succeeded." (Chemistry in Britain, February 2002)

"...a fine addition to the library of material science.... Highly recommended..." (Choice, Vol. 39, No. 8, April 2002)

"...we clearly need a textbook that combines an authoritative treatment of the issues with broad scope, appropriate journal coverage, clarity, integrated notation, and continuity. Joel I. Gersten and Frederick W. Smith have worked hard on this problem and have solved it in an exemplary and remarkably efficient fashion; their The Physics and Chemistry of Materials is...a wonderful book." (Physics Today, July 2002)

As we learn and teach the properties of materials, we clearly need a textbook that combines an authoritative treatment of the issues with broad scope, appropriate journal coverage, clarity, integrated notation, and continuity. Joel I. Gersten and Frederick W. Smith have worked hard on this problem and have solved it in an exemplary and remarkably efficient fashion; their The Physics and Chemistry of Materials is, in sum, a wonderful book.
In their preface, the authors discuss the need for a textbook that 'emphasizes the physical and chemical origins of the properties of solids while . . . focusing on the technologically important materials that are being developed and used by scientists and engineers.? They declare their intent to 'bring the science of materials closer to technology than is done in most traditional books on solid-state physics . . . [stressing] properties and their interpretation and [avoiding] the development of formalism for its own sake.' And they designed their book so that, "the range of topics covered is comprehensive but not exhaustive . . . much more material is presented than can be covered in a one semester course." All of these statements of intent are borne out by the text. In its 826 pages, the book does a remarkable job of covering five major topics: structure, physical properties, classes, synthesis, and processing of materials; surfaces; thin films; interfaces; and multilayers. The text is divided into 22 chapters that present clearly and authoritatively the appropriate qualitative descriptions, mathematical developments, conceptual notions, notations, and formulas.
The book contains all the resources that an excellent textbook should have but many modern ones do not. These resources include extensive tables and data, two excellent indices that make the book useful as a reference as well as a text, clear illustrations, and a set of problems that focus on fundamentals rather than simple mathematics or plug-in exercises.
A Web site associated with the book contains further extended discussions of some major points, including the description of additional materials properties and examples of current applications. The Web site also offers experimental techniques and appendices on thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics.
Although The Physics and Chemistry of Materials is intended as a textbook, it is one of the few books that I will actually make space for on my desk, because of its very broad coverage and remarkably focused discussion of so many topics. The next time I need to be reminded of what the Poole-Frenkel effect is, or what the fundamental microscopic basis for plasticity is, or which polymers are piezoelectric, this book is the place to find the description at the right level, along with some physical examples and leading references.
There are a few things missing even in this exemplary treatment. As the authors themselves point out, the treatment of biomaterials and composites is quite short. Indeed, of the classical aspects of materials science, ceramics clearly gets less emphasis here than do metals and polymers. Some modern topics that one might have expected to find, such as organic light-emitting diodes and conductive polymers, are absent. The book does not point to answers to the problems.
These, though, are minor quibbles. I find this book a delight: its clarity is matched only by its broad scope and remarkable utility. While the cost is high, elementary text-books for first-year students are roughly in the same cost range. And this book (unlike many classroom texts) will remain very useful long after the course ends. (PHYSICS TODAY)
Authors note: The topics of electrical conductivity of polymers and organic light emitting diodes are covered in the web supplement to the text in sections W14.7 and W20.7 respectively.

" excellent text for advanced students and an excellent reference for more experienced chemists.... Its range of certainly unmatched." (Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 80, No. 4, April 2003)

"...a wonderful text...strongly recommended..." (Materials & Manufacturing Processes, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471057949
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 856
  • Sales rank: 1,570,922
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

JOEL I. GERSTEN, PhD, and FREDERICK W. SMITH, PhD, are professors in the Department of Physics at The City College of the City University of New York.

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As science has become more interdisciplinary and impinges ever more heavily on technology, we have been led to the conclusion that there is a great need now for a textbook that emphasizes the physical and chemical origins of the properties of solids while at the same time focusing on the technologically important materials that are being developed and used by scientists and engineers. A panel of physicists, chemists, and materials scientists who participated in the NSF Undergraduate Curriculum Workshop in Materials in 1989, which addressed educational needs and opportunities in the area of materials research and technology, issued a report that indicated clearly the need for advanced textbooks in materials beyond the introductory level. Our textbook is meant to address this need.

This textbook is designed to serve courses that provide engineering and science majors with their first in-depth introduction to the properties and applications of a wide range of materials. This ordinarily occurs at the advanced undergraduate level but can also occur at the graduate level. The philosophy of our approach has been to define consistently the structure and properties of solids on the basis of the local chemical bonding and atomic order (or disorder!) present in the material. Our goal has been to bring the science of materials closer to technology than is done in most traditional textbooks on solid-state physics. We have stressed properties and their interpretation and have avoided the development of formalism for its own sake. We feel that the specialized mathematical techniques that can be applied to predict the properties of solids are better left for more advanced, graduate-level courses. This textbook will be appropriate for use in the advanced materials courses given in engineering departments. Such courses are widely taught at the junior/ senior level with such titles as "Principles of Materials Science & Engineering," "Physical Electronics," "Electronics of Materials," and "Engineering Materials." This textbook is also designed to be appropriate for use by physics and chemistry majors. We note that a course in materials chemistry is a relatively new one in most chemistry undergraduate curricula but that an introductory course in solid-state physics has long been standard in physics undergraduate curricula.

To gain the most benefit from courses based on this textbook, students should have had at least one year each of introductory physics, chemistry, and calculus, along with a course in modern physics or physical chemistry. For optimal use of the textbook it would be helpful if the students have had courses in thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to quantum mechanics. As the title indicates, the range of topics covered in this textbook is quite broad. The 21 chapters are divided into five sections. The range of topics covered is comprehensive, but not exhaustive. For example, topics not covered in detail due to lack of space include biomaterials, a field with a bright future, and composites, examples of which are discussed only within specific classes of materials. Much more material is presented than can be covered in a one-semester course. Actual usage of the text in courses will be discussed after the proposed subject matter has been outlined. Following an introduction, which emphasizes the importance of materials in modern science and technology, Section I, on the "Structure of Materials," consists of four chapters on the structure of crystals, bonding in solids, diffraction and the reciprocal lattice, and order and disorder in solids.

Section II, on the "Physical Properties of Materials," consists of six chapters on phonons; thermally activated processes, phase diagrams, and phase transitions; electrons in solids: electrical and thermal properties; optical properties; magnetic properties; and mechanical properties.

Section III, titled "Classes of Materials," consists of eight chapters on semiconductors; metals and alloys; ceramics; polymers; dielectric and ferroelectric materials; superconductors; magnetic materials; and optical materials. In each chapter the distinctive properties of each class of materials are discussed using technologically-important examples from each class. In addition, the structure and key properties of selected materials are highlighted. In this way an indication of the wide spectrum of materials in each class is presented.

Section IV, titled "Surfaces, Thin Films, Interfaces, and Multilayers," consists of two chapters covering these important topics. Here the effects of spatial discontinuities in the physical and chemical structure on the properties of materials are presented, both from the point of view of creating materials with new properties and also of minimizing the potential materials problems associated with surfaces and interfaces.

Section V, titled "Synthesis and Processing of Materials," consists of a single chapter. Representative examples of how the structure and properties of materials are determined by the techniques used to synthesize them are presented. "Atomic engineering" is stressed. The tuning of structure and properties using postsynthesis processing is also illustrated. Problem sets are presented at the end of each chapter and are used to emphasize the most important concepts introduced, as well as to present further examples of important materials. Illustrations are employed for the purpose of presenting crystal structures and key properties of materials.

Tables are used to summarize and contrast the properties of related groups of materials. The units used throughout this textbook are SI units, except in cases where the use of electron volt, cm 1 , poise, etc., were felt to be too standard to ignore. We have created a home page at www. wiley. com that provides a valuable supplement to the textbook by describing additional properties of materials, along with additional examples of current materials and their applications. Chapter W22 on our home page emphasizes the structural and chemical characterization of materials, as well as the characterization of their optical, electrical, and magnetic properties. As new materials and applications are developed, the home page will be regularly updated.

Since this text will likely be used most often in a one-semester course, we recommend that Chapters 1– 4 on structure be covered in as much detail as needed, given the backgrounds of the students. A selection of chapters on the properties of materials (5– 10) and on the classes of materials (11– 18) of particular interest can then be covered. According to the tastes of the instructor and the needs of the students, some of the remaining chapters (surfaces; thin films, interfaces, and multilayers; synthesis and processing of materials) can be covered. For example, a course on engineering materials could consist of the following: Chapters 1– 4 on structure; Chapter 6 on thermally activated processes, etc.; Chapter 10 on mechanical properties; Chapter 12 on metals and alloys; Chapter 13 on ceramics; Chapter 14 on polymers; and Chapter 21 on synthesis and processing.

Physics majors usually take an introductory course in solid-state physics in their senior year. Therefore in such a course it will be necessary to start at "the beginning," i. e., Chapter 1 on the structure of crystals. Students in MS& E or engineering departments who have already taken an introductory course on materials can quickly review (or skip) much of the basic material and focus on more advanced topics, beginning with Chapter 5 on phonons, if desired, or Chapter 7 on electrons in solids.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our colleagues at The City College and City University who, over the years, have shared with us their enthusiasm for and interest in the broad and fascinating subject of materials. They include R. R. Alfano, J. L. Birman, T. Boyer, F. Cadieu, H. Z. Cummins, H. Falk, A. Genack, M. E. Green, L. L. Isaacs, M. Lax, D. M. Lindsay (deceased), V. Petricevic, F. H. Pollak, S. R. Radel, M. P. Sarachik, D. Schmeltzer, S. Schwarz, J. Steiner, M. Tamargo, M. Tomkiewicz, and N. Tzoar (deceased). Colleagues outside CUNY who have shared their knowledge with us include Z. L. Akkerman, R. Dessau, H. Efstathiadis, B. Gersten, Y. Goldstein, P. Jacoby, L. Ley, K. G. Lynn, D. Rahoi, and Z. Yin. Our thanks also go to our students and postdocs who have challenged us, both in our research and teaching, to refine our thinking about materials and their behavior.

Special thanks are due to Gregory Franklin who served as our editor at John Wiley & Sons for the bulk of the preparation of this textbook. His unflagging support of this effort and his patience are deeply appreciated. Thanks are also due to our current editor, George Telecki, who has helped us with sound advice to bring this project to a successful conclusion. We acknowledge with gratitude the skill of Angioline Loredo who supervised the production of both the textbook and supplementary Web-based material. We have appreciated the useful comments of all the anonymous reviewers of our textbook and also wish to thank all the authors who granted permission for us to use their artwork.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the constant support, encouragement, and patience of our wives, Harriet and Fran¸ coise, and our families during the years in which this textbook was prepared. Little did we (or they) know how long it would take to accomplish our goals.


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Table of Contents


List of Tables.



Structure of Crystals.

Bonding in Solids.

Diffraction and the Reciprocal Lattice.

Order and Disorder in Solids.



Thermally Activated Processes, Phase Diagrams, and Phase Transitions.

Electrons in Solids: Electrical and Thermal Properties.

Optical Properties of Materials.

Magnetic Properties of Materials.

Mechanical Properties of Materials.



Metals and Alloys.



Dielectric and Ferroelectric Materials.


Magnetic Materials.

Optical Materials.



Thin Films, Interfaces, and Multilayers.


Synthesis and Processing of Materials.

Characterization of Materials.

Appendix WA: Thermodynamics.

Appendix WB: Statistical Mechanics.

Appendix WC: Quantum Mechanics.

Materials Index.


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