Designed for advanced undergraduate students and as a useful reference book for materials researchers, Physical Properties of Materials, Third Edition establishes the principles that control the optical, thermal, electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties of materials. Using an atomic and molecular approach, this introduction to materials science offers readers a wide-ranging survey of the field and a basis to understand future materials. The author incorporates comments on applications of materials science, extensive references to the contemporary and classic literature, and 350 end-of-chapter problems. In addition, unique tutorials allow students to apply the principles to understand applications, such as photocopying, magnetic devices, fiber optics, and more.
This fully revised and updated Third Edition includes new materials and processes, such as topological insulators, 3-D printing, and more information on nanomaterials. The new edition also now adds Learning Goals at the end of each chapter and a Glossary with more than 500 entries for quick reference.
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Mary Anne White is a materials research scientist and writer, and highly recognized educator and communicator of science. Mary Anne White presently holds the distinguished title of Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emerita) at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where she has been since 1983, after receiving a BSc in Honors Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, a PhD in Chemistry from McMaster University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University. From 2002 to 2006, she was the founding director of the Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University, and from 2010 to 2016 she was director of the multidisciplinary graduate program, Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability: DREAMS. She has been Professor (Emerita) since 2017, and continues her research and writing. Mary Anne’s research area is energetics and thermal properties of materials. She has made significant contributions to understanding how heat is stored and conducted through materials. Her work has led to new materials that can convert waste heat to energy, and materials that can trap solar energy. Mary Anne’s research contributions have been recognized by national and international awards. Mary Anne is an author of 200 research papers, several book chapters, and this book, "Physical Properties of Materials." She has trained more than 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and more than 70 undergraduate research students.Mary Anne enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and with the general public. She is especially well known for presenting clear explanations of difficult concepts. Mary Anne’s outstanding abilities as an educator have been recognized by the Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education from the Chemical Institute of Canada. Mary Anne has given more than 150 invited presentations at conferences, universities, government laboratories and industries around the world.Mary Anne has been active throughout her career in bringing science to the general public. This includes: helping establish a hands-on science centre; many presentations for schools, the general public and others (including a lecture for Members of Canada’s Parliament and Senate); booklets on science activities for children (published by the Canadian Society for Chemistry); national organizer of National Chemistry Week; more than 150 articles for educators or the general public; appearances on television. For 14 years she was a regular (monthly) contributor on CBC Radio where she and a colleague fielded listeners’ science questions, live on air. For her contributions to public awareness of science, Mary Anne was awarded the 2007 McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. She holds three honorary doctorates, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
"The 3rd edition represents a further improvement of what is already an excellent book for not only students and instructors but also materials scientists. Reading this book is an effective way to gain a general understanding of the atomic and molecular origins of the main physical properties of materials."
~Dr. Yue Zhao, Department of Chemistry, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
"Physical Properties of Materials is a comprehensive introductory text, covering the key topics in materials science/materials chemistry in a well-written format and with excellent examples that make materials science interesting to students. Physical Properties of Materials is the best book I know of that gets students interested and excited about materials science. For these reasons, I believe it to be the best introductory text on the subject."
~Dr. Mark Obrovac, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Canada
Reviews of Second Edition:
"This book stands out as a unique resource for students and established scientists working at the modern materials/chemistry/technology interface. It conveys a tremendous amount of information and distills the physics and chemistry down to an intuitive level that can be appreciated by both developing scientists as well as more established scientists looking for a teaching aid/text or a tune-up in their own knowledge. … This new edition includes many new state-of-the-art topics that have emerged as major fields over the last decade including carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, and spintronics. … I defy the reader to not find many gems of insightful knowledge to enhance their understanding of the physical materials world."
~Timothy M. Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
"I am very impressed with the text. This text provides wonderful coverage of many of the basic properties of materials that we care about as scientists and as engineers."
~Paul C. Canfield, Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, USA
"Mary Anne White wrote one of the most engaging introductory texts on materials science … Professor White has now prepared an updated version of her book adding several new sections that feature some of the seminal recent research advances and a number of the materials topics that nowadays pose important social concerns. … this is an excellent book to base an introductory materials course on, or to read for pleasure by scientists in other fields who wish to riffle through an excellent survey of what materials science has become today."
~Martin Moskovits, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
"... a concise but in-depth insight into the physical aspects of materials science ... White expertly deals with the theory of the physical properties of materials, and the book offers a succinct but comprehensive coverage of this area."
~Times Higher Education
"… an alternative approach to the typical introductory MSE text used in service courses for engineers. … well written and comprehensive in its presentation … well illustrated and contains an ample supply of challenging. but useful problems. … there is an especially welcome text related website …"
~James A. Clum, Dept of Material Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison in Journal of Materials Education