Polymer Physics: A Molecular Approach

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Polymer physics covers all the physical aspects of macromolecular substances. If we introduced the subject according to the current classifications of structures and properties of polymers, the textbook would become thicker and thicker with the fast expansion of our knowledge, and would look like an encyclopedia. Such a textbook cannot meet the current demand for a more concise introduction within a timelimited schedule of university courses on polymer-related subjects. In fact, the published textbooks on polymer physics normally selected the content according to the author’s personal taste or to the specific training subjects. On the other hand, nowadays on the Internet, fragmental concepts of polymer physics are available. However, the students still need the course training on the intrinsic correlations among meaningful physical concepts of polymers as well as the useful theoretical tools for a fundamental analysis. On the basis of the above challenges, this book is intended to provide a concise entrance-level introduction on polymer physics. It tries to avoid the complicated mathematic treatments of modern theories, the trivial experimental techniques, the details of practical industrial processing, and the wide applications of polymers. Rather, the attention is only focused on three basic aspects of comprehensive principles of polymer physics, including molecular structures, molecular motions, and phase transitions, in order to elaborate the basic statistical thermodynamics and kinetics (the mean-field theory and the scaling analysis) as well as their state-of-the-art applications. The book may help readers to establish several key molecular-level pictures of polymer physics. The book targets senior undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, and researchers, who are studying and working in the extensive fields of physical sciences, life sciences, materials sciences, and engineering sciences relevant to physical aspects of polymers. Through a systematic study, the readers are expected to grasp the basic concepts of polymer physics as well as the theoretical tools for a fundamental analysis of macromolecules.

1. Introduction
Part I: Chain Structure
2. Structure–Property Relationships
3. Conformation Statistics and Entropic Elasticity
4. Scaling Analysis of Real-Chain Conformations
Part II: Chain Motion
5. Scaling Analysis of Polymer Dynamics
6. Polymer Deformation
7. Polymer Flow
Part III: Chain Assembly
8. Statistical Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions
9. Polymer Phase Separation
10. Polymer Crystallization
11. Interplay Between Phase Separation and Polymer Crystallization

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"Wenbing Hu"

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