By P. Alexandridis, B. Lindman
It's the trust of the editors of this ebook that the popularity of block copolymers as being amphiphilic molecules and sharing universal good points with different well-studied amphiphiles will end up valuable to either the surfactant and the polymer groups. An objective of this booklet is to bridge the 2 groups and cross-fertilise different fields. To this finish, best researchers within the box of amphiphilic block copolymer self-assembly, a few having a heritage in surfactant chemistry, and others with polymer physics roots, have agreed to affix forces and give a contribution to this book.The booklet contains 4 entities. the 1st half discusses theoretical concerns at the back of the block copolymer self-assembly in resolution and within the soften. the second one half offers case experiences of self-assembly in several periods of block copolymers (e.g., polyethers, polyelectrolytes) and in numerous environments (e.g., in water, in non-aqueous solvents, or within the absence of solvents). The 3rd half offers experimental instruments, starting from static (e.g., small attitude neutron scattering) to dynamic (e.g., rheology), that could turn out helpful within the characterization of block copolymer self-assemblies. The fourth half bargains a sampling of present purposes of block copolymers in, e.g., formulations, pharmaceutics, and separations, purposes that are in response to the original self-assembly homes of block copolymers.
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