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Posted: December 4, 2008

Introduction to Materials Chemistry

(Nanowerk News) Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Introduction to Materials Chemistry" to their offering.
The book is designed to appeal to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in chemistry, materials science,and chemical engineering departments, by leading them stepwise from the elementary chemistry on which materials science depends, through a discussion of the different classes of materials, and ending with a description of how materials are used in devices and general technology.
The book is divided into three sections. The first part consists of four introductory chapters - (1) What is materials chemistry" (2) Fundamental principles that underlie the subject, (3) Basic synthesis and reaction chemistry, and (4) Structure determination and special techniques for materials characterization.
These chapters deal with basic chemistry that should be familiar to juniors, seniors and graduate students. At the same time this section introduces topics that the student may not have encountered before, such as materials characterization methods and principles of materials synthesis.
The second section provides an introduction to the various classes of materials. Different chapters deal with small molecules in solids, organic and inorganic polymers, glasses and ceramics, metals, and with alloys and composite materials. In these chapters the aim is to show how different types of materials are produced, and why they possess specific combinations of properties. The emphasis is on the chemistry rather than the physics or engineering.
In the third section the foregoing subject matter is employed to examine how different materials are used in technology. Here, the eight chapters cover important topics such as semiconductors, superconductors, solid ionic conductors, membranes, optical and photonic materials, surface science, biomedical materials, and nanoscience and nanotechnology. These chapters bring together the principles and topics covered in the earlier chapters to illustrate how different devices make use of a wide variety of different materials, and how the technology requires an understanding of many different aspects of the field rather than a narrow focus on one specialty. The chapters in this section are meant to prepare students for careers that in many cases will be weighted toward the design and development of devices in the medical, communications, aerospace, and other advanced technology sectors.
An Appendix is provided at the end of the book to explain materials-related terminology that may be unfamiliar to the student. Each chapter will contain questions for class discussions or essays.
Introduction to Materials Chemistry will appeal to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in chemistry, materials science,and chemical engineering by leading them stepwise from the elementary chemistry on which materials science depends, through a discussion of the different classes of materials, and ending with a description of how materials are used in devices and general technology.
Key Topics Covered:

PREFACE PART I INTRODUCTION TO MATERIAL SCIENCE

- What Is Materials Chemistry"

- Fundamental Principles that Underlie Materials Chemistry

- Basic Synthesis and Reaction Chemistry

- Structure Determination and Special Techniques for Materials Characterization

PART II DIFFERENT TYPES OF MATERIALS

- Small Molecules in Solids

- Polymers

- Glasses and Ceramics

- Metals

- Alloys, Composites, and Defects

PART III MATERIALS IN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

- Semiconductors and Related Materials

- Superconductors

- Solid Ionic Conductors: Advanced Materials for Energy Generation and Energy Storage

- Membranes

- Optical and Photonic Materials

- Surface Science of Materials

- Biomedical Materials

- Materials in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Source: Research and Markets