Soft Functional Materials

From Formation Mechanisms to Micro-Nano Scale Architectures

By Jing Liang Li, Xiang Yang Liu

© 2017 – CRC Press

248 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9781439875629
pub: 2017-02-15

About the Book

Covering all aspects of soft functional materials, from fundamentals to engineering and applications, this comprehensive text outlines a step-by-step approach to refining the function and performance of small-molecule physical gels by tuning the network structure of the materials. Combining materials formation, engineering principles and approaches, and product design, it addresses a broad range of applications, including drug delivery, home and personal care, catalysis, and tissue engineering. A full-color insert illustrates key ideas and facilitates a complete understanding of the concepts.

Table of Contents

Classification of the network structures of supramolecular soft functional materials.

Thermodynamics and kinetics of fiber network formation

Solubility: the role of solvent in fiber formation

The network formation mechanism

Micro/nanoscale engineering criteria and strategies for fiber and domain networks

Thermodynamic approach

Additive-mediated nudeation and fiber branching

Ultrasound-stimulated gelation

Photo switch able gelation

Phase selective gelation

Volume effect


Drug delivery

Tissue engineering

Templating the fabrication of nanostructures

Nanocaging for controlling nanopartide formation

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers