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1st Edition

Statistical Mechanics for Chemistry and Materials Science

ISBN 9781482299861
Published July 17, 2018 by CRC Press
580 Pages 168 Color & 61 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book covers the broad subject of equilibrium statistical mechanics along with many advanced and modern topics such as nucleation, spinodal decomposition, inherent structures of liquids and liquid crystals. Unlike other books on the market, this comprehensive text not only deals with the primary fundamental ideas of statistical mechanics but also covers contemporary topics in this broad and rapidly developing area of chemistry and materials science.

Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries

2. Probability and Statistics

3. Fundamental Concepts and Postulates of Statistical Mechanics

4. Liouville Theorem and Liouville Equation

5. Ensembles and Partition Functions: From Postulates to Formulation

6. Fluctuations and Response Functions

7. Ideal Monatomic Gas: Microscopic Expression of Translational Entropy

8. Ideal Gas of Diatomic Molecules: Microscopic Expressions for Rotational and Vibrational Entropy and Specific Heat

9. Quantum Statistics and Bose-Einstein Condensation

10. Lattice Models Including Ising

11. Distribution Function Theory of Liquids

12. Hard Core Interactions

13. Perturbation Theories of Liquids

14. Cell Theory and the Concept of Free Volume and Communal Entropy in Liquids

15. Scaled Particle Theory and Calculation of Chemical Potential

16. Phase Transition: Elementary Concepts

17. Landau Theory of Phase Transitions: Order Parameter Expansion and Free Energy Diagrams

18. Critical Phenomena: Universality, Scaling, and Renormalization Group

19. Cluster Expansion and Mayer’s Theory of Condensation

20. Yang-Lee Theory of Phase Transition

21. Classical Density Functional Theory

22. Surface Phenomena and Surface Tension

23. Theory of Melting and Freezing and Glass Transition

24. Nucleation, Ostwald Step Rule, and Nanomaterial Synthesis

25. Spinodal Decomposition and Pattern Formation: Evolution of Structure through Dynamics

26. Binary Mixtures: Towards Understanding Non-Ideality and Osmotic Pressure

27. Inherent Structures and Energy Landscape View of Liquids and Glasses

28. Polymers in Solutions and Polymer Collapse

29. Computer Simulation Methods in Statistical Mechanics

30. Computational Methods for Free Energy Calculation and Study of Rare Events

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Biman Bagchi is Professor at Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science.

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