Polymeric Liquids and Networks: Structure and Properties is the first book of two by William W. Graessley that presents a unified view of flexible-chain polymer liquids and networks. The topics of both volumes range from equilibrium properties to dynamic response, finite deformation behavior and non-Newtonian flow. The second book will be titled Polymeric Liquids and Networks: Dynamics and Rheology. These various aspects of the field were developed over the past 70 years by researchers from many academic disciplines. The infusion of fresh viewpoints continually invigorated and enriched the field, making polymeric liquids and networks a truly interdisciplinary subject. The lack of a common terminology and perspective, however, has led to compartmentalization, making it difficult for a newcomer, even one technically trained, to gain a broad appreciation of the field and to see the relationships among its various parts. The aim of these two books, without diluting the substance, is to achieve a desired unity.
Polymeric Liquids and Networks emphasizes fundamental principles and a molecular viewpoint. The conceptual basis of theories underlying each topical area is explained with derivations sometimes outlined briefly and sometimes given in detail. Technical terminology is kept to a minimum necessary for coherent presentation. The goal of the text is to provide an informed understanding rather than detailed technical proficiency. Theory, experiment, and simulation are woven together as appropriate for achieving a balanced view. The books are designed to serve academic and industrial needs, consolidating the understanding of topics with both practical and fundamental significance, and written from a technical but non-specialized perspective.
The books deal mainly with non-polar and weakly polar species and largely with results derived from experiments on structurally well-defined systems. The objective is not to ignore the more complex systems, which are pervasive in both nature and industry and important in their own right. Much space is devoted to structural distributions, their characterization and their effect on properties. It is rather to provide a framework for better understanding of all polymeric liquids by identifying, in the simplest possible circumstances, the universal attributes of a chain-like and flexible molecular structure.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Molecular Liquids 3. Molecular Mixtures 4. The Random Coil Model 5. Dilute Solution Characterization 6. Dilute Solution Properties 7. Polymer Solutions 8. Polymer Blends 9. Network Structure and Elasticity 10. Network Properties
William W. Graessley holds B.S. degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as a PhD. After four years with the Air Reduction Company, he joined the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science departments at Northwestern University. In 1982 he returned to industry as a senior scientific adviser at Exxon Corporate Laboratories and moved in 1987 to become professor of chemical engineering at Princeton University. He has published extensively on radiation cross-linking of polymers, polymerization reactor engineering, molecular aspects of polymer rheology, rubber network elasticity; and the thermodynamics of polymer blends. During 1979-80 he was a senior visiting fellow at Cambridge University. He now lives in Michigan as professor emeritus from Princeton and adjunct professor at Northwestern. His honors include an NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship, the Bingham Medal (Society of Rheology), the Whitby Lectureship (University of Akron), the High Polymer Physics Prize (American Physical Society), and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.
The attractive feature of Polymeric Liquids and Networks is that it starts from an elementary viewpoint emphasizing molecular chemical structure. Graessley then integrates this chemistry-dominated description with one that focuses on the universal properties of polymers.... ...Organized as a field guide to polymer science... The text is a wealth of information on the more technical matters of characterizing the structure and interactions of polymer solutions and understanding the miscibility of polymer blends in terms of polymer structural properties and measures of interpolymer interaction. ...A valuable resource for newcomers who are trying to understand essential concepts of polymer science, learn some history of the field, and find direction for further reading."
-- Physics Today