Summarising recent research on the physics of complex liquids, this in-depth analysis examines the topic of complex liquids from a modern perspective, addressing experimental, computational and theoretical aspects of the field. Selecting only the most interesting contemporary developments in this rich field of research, the authors present multiple examples including aggregation, gel formation and glass transition, in systems undergoing percolation, at criticality, or in supercooled states. Connecting experiments and simulation with key theoretical principles, and covering numerous systems including micelles, micro-emulsions, biological systems, and cement pastes, this unique text is an invaluable resource for graduate students and researchers looking to explore and understand the expanding field of complex fluids.
Sow-Hsin Chen is Professor Emeritus of Applied Radiation Physics, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specialising in the dynamics of soft condensed matter using thermal neutron, synchrotron x-ray, and laser light spectroscopy methods. Piero Tartaglia is a retired Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Rome 'La Sapienza' and a former member of the Scientific Committee and the Physical Committee of the Italian National Research Council. His research focuses on dynamic properties of complex liquids and liquid systems.
Preface; Part I. Scattering and Liquids: 1. Scattering techniques for the liquid state; 2. Statistical mechanics of the liquid state; 3. Aggregation and cluster formation; Part II. Structural Arrest: 4. The theory of slow dynamics in supercooled colloidal solutions; 5. Experiments on structural arrest; 6. Models of gel-forming colloids; Part III. Water: 7. Dynamic crossover phenomena in confined water; 8. Dynamic crossover phenomena in other glass-forming liquids; 9. Inelastic neutron scattering in water; 10. Inelastic X-ray scattering spectroscopy; References; Index.