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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Written by a chemical physicist specializing in macromolecular physics, this
book brings to life the definitive work of celebrated scientists who combined
multidisciplinary perspectives to pioneer the field of polymer science. The
author relates firsthand the unique environment that fostered the experimental
breakthroughs underlying some of today’s most widely accepted theories,
mathematical principles, and models for characterizing macromolecules.
Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules employs the unifying principles of
physical chemistry to define the behavior, structure, and intermolecular
properties of macromolecules in both solution and bulk states. The text
explains the experimental techniques, such as light scattering, and results
used to support current theories. Examining both equilibrium and transport
properties, the book describes the properties of dilute, semi-dilute, and
concentrated polymer solutions, including compressible fluids. It then covers
amorphous liquids and glasses, and polymer networks. The final chapters discuss
the properties of solutions containing stiff-chain molecules and
polyelectrolytes. Topics also include the macromolecular nature of rubber
elasticity, viscoelasticity, and the distribution of relaxation times
associated with the glass transition.
By explaining the experimental and mathematical basis for the theories and
models used to define macromolecular behavior, Physical Chemistry of
Macromolecules demonstrates how these techniques and models can be applied to
analyze and predict the properties of new polymeric materials.