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Introduction to Polymers, Third Edition

Author: Robert J. Young, Peter A. Lovell, 

Published: June, 2011

Publisher: CRC Press

Price:  £37.99

Write-up: Features
• Provides extensive, detailed and balanced coverage of important aspects of polymer chemistry and polymer physics up to the final year at undergraduate level and beyond, spanning synthesis, characterization, bulk properties and morphology and mechanical and electrical properties of polymers
• Reorganizes the content to make the text easier for teaching and learning
• Illustrates all topics with extensive reaction schemes and/or diagrams
• Derives equations from first principles, highlighting the inherent assumptions, limitations and strengths in the use of each equation
• Includes suggestions for further reading as well as end-of-chapter problems. 

Thoroughly updated, Introduction to Polymers, Third Edition presents the science underpinning the synthesis, characterisation and properties of polymers. The material has been completely reorganised and expanded to include important new topics and provide a coherent platform for teaching and learning the fundamental aspects of contemporary polymer science. 

New to the Third Edition
Part I

This first part covers newer developments in polymer synthesis, including ‘living’ radical polymerisation, catalytic chain transfer and free-radical ring-opening polymerisation, along with strategies for the synthesis of conducting polymers, dendrimers, hyperbranched polymers and block copolymers. Polymerisation mechanisms have been made more explicit by showing electron movements.

Part II
In this part, the authors have added new topics on diffusion, solution behaviour of polyelectrolytes and field-flow fractionation methods. They also greatly expand coverage of spectroscopy, including UV visible, Raman, infrared, NMR and mass spectroscopy. In addition, the Flory–Huggins theory for polymer solutions and their phase separation is treated more rigorously. 

Part III
A completely new, major topic in this section is multicomponent polymer systems. The book also incorporates new material on macromolecular dynamics and reptation, liquid crystalline polymers and thermal analysis. Many of the diagrams and micrographs have been updated to more clearly highlight features of polymer morphology.

Part IV
The last part of the book contains major new sections on polymer composites, such as nanocomposites, and electrical properties of polymers. Other new topics include effects of chain entanglements, swelling of elastomers, polymer fibres, impact behaviour and ductile fracture. Coverage of rubber-toughening of brittle plastics has also been revised and expanded.   

While this edition adds many new concepts, the philosophy of the book remains unchanged. Largely self-contained, the text fully derives most equations and cross-references topics between chapters where appropriate. Each chapter not only includes a list of further reading to help readers expand their knowledge of the subject but also provides problem sets to test understanding, particularly of numerical aspects.

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