Physical Properties of Macromolecules integrates years of detailed research in physical properties of polymers with more traditional ?classroom topics.? The book encompasses solid-state morphology and physical chemistry of amorphous and semicrystalline polymers, viscoelastic behavior, relaxation processes, and macromolecule-metal complexes. The book brings a new approach to polymer physical chemistry instruction, as it relies on many developments and conclusions from the author?s extensive research. It teaches by example, including all necessary derivations, developments, and problems solutions with detailed analysis. The result is a unique volume invaluable to students, instructors, and professionals in the field.
LARRY BELFIORE, PhD, is a professor of chemical engineering in the department of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado State University. He has written seventy refereed journal publications, seven book chapters, thirty-four proceedings, and has presented more than one hundred lectures at national and international symposia. He is the author of Transport Phenomena for Chemical Reactor Design, published by Wiley.
Preface. Part One Glass Transitions in Amorphous Polymers. 1. Glass Transitions in Amorphous Polymers: Basic Concepts. 2. Diffusion in Amorphous Polymers Near the Glass Transition Temperature. 3. Lattice Theories for Polymer-Small-Molecule Mixtures and the Conformational Entropy Description of the Glass Transition Temperature. 4. dc Electric Field Effects on First- and Second-Order Phase Transitions in Pure Materials and Binary Mixtures. 5. Order Parameters for Glasses: Pressure and Compositional Dependence of the Glass Transition Temperature. 6. Macromolecule-Metal Complexes: Ligand Field Stabilization and Glass Transition Temperature Enhancement. Part Two Semicrystalline Polymers and Melting Transitions. 7. Basic Concepts and Molecular Optical Anisotropy in Semicrystalline Polymers. 8. Crystallization Kinetics via Spherulitic Growth. 9. Experimental Analysis of Semicrystalline Polymers. Part Three Mechanical Properties of Linear and Crosslinked Polymers. 10. Mechanical Properties of Viscoelastic Materials: Basic Concepts in Linear Viscoelasticity. 11. Nonlinear Stress Relaxation in Macromolecule-Metal Complexes. 12. Kinetic Analysis of Molecular Weight Distribution Functions in Linear Polymers. 13. Gaussian Statistics of Linear Chain Molecules and Crosslinked Elastomers. 14. Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics of Rubber-Like Materials. Part Four Solid State Dynamics of Polymeric Materials. 15. Molecular Dynamics via Magnetic Resonance, Viscoelastic, and Dielectric Relaxation Phenomena. 16. Magnetic Spin Diffusion at the Nanoscale in Multiphase Polymers and Molecular Complexes. Index. Postface.