Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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Cambridge University Press, May 11, 2006 - Science - 589 pages
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The 2006 edition of this authoritative guide on liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) science was produced in response to the wealth of new material generated in the field. It takes the reader through the theoretical underpinnings to real-world applications of LCP technology in a logical, well-integrated manner. A chapter on liquid biopolymers has been introduced, whilst the in-depth discussion on applications describes not only maturing fields of high strength structural LCPs, but also a detailed analysis of the developing area of functional materials. The in-depth coverage and detailed glossary establishes this as an indispensable text for graduate students and researchers in the polymer field, as well as being of interest to those working in chemistry, physics and materials science.
 

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Contents

a brief history
3
Terminology and concepts
11
Stability of liquid crystalline polymers
68
Theories of liquid crystallinity in polymers
133
Local order and classification
229
Distortions and defects
292
Biological liquid crystalline polymers
357
Flow and applied fields
385
Processing and applications of structural liquid crystalline polymers
439
Applications of functional liquid crystalline polymers
504
List of symbols
549
General index
574
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Simon Hanna is Lecturer in Polymer Physics at the University of Bristol. His research interests include computer simulations of structure/property relationships in polymers, liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers, and interfacial interactions between polymers and liquid crystals.

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