This revised edition continues to provide the most approachable introduction to the structure, characteristics, and everyday applications of soft matter. It begins with a substantially revised overview of the underlying physics and chemistry common to soft materials. Subsequent chapters comprehensively address the different classes of soft materials, from liquid crystals to surfactants, polymers, colloids, and biomaterials, with vivid, full-color illustrations throughout. There are new worked examples throughout, new problems, some deeper mathematical treatment, and new sections on key topics such as diffusion, active matter, liquid crystal defects, surfactant phases and more.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Self-assembly and Structure in Soft Matter
Chapter 3. Liquid Crystals
Chapter 4. Surfactants
Chapter 5. Polymers
Chapter 6. Colloidial Materials
Chapter 7. Soft Biological Materials