About the Author
Alan Windle is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of over 200 papers on polymer structure, liquid crystal polymers and carbon nanotubes. Professor Windle holds the Bessemer and Royal Society of Arts silver medal from Imperial College and was awarded the Rosenheim Medal by the Institute of Metals in 1988 and the Swinburne Gold Medal and prize by the Plastics and Rubber Institute in 1992.
Simon Hanna is Lecturer in Polymer Physics at the University of Bristol. His research interests include computer simulations of structure/property relationships in polymers, liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers, and interfacial interactions between polymers and liquid crystals.
Table of Contents1. Liquid crystalline polymers: a brief history; 2. Terminology and concepts; 3. Stability of liquid crystalline polymers; 4. Modelling liquid crystalline polymer systems; 5. Local order and classification; 6. Distortions and defects; 7. Induced ordering: response to applied fields and processing; 8. Practical aspects of liquid crystalline polymers; References; Molecule index; Index.