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Soft Matter Physics


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1: What is soft matter 2: Soft matter solutions 3: Elastic soft matter 4: Surfaces and surfactants 5: Liquid crystals 6: Brownian motion and thermal fluctuations 7: Variational principle in soft matter dynamics 8: Diffusion and permeation in soft matter 9: Flow and deformation of soft matter 10: Ionic soft matter Appendix A: Continuum mechanics Appendix B: Restricted free energy Appendix C: Variational calculus Appendix D: Reciprocal relation Appendix E: Statistical mechanics for material response and fluctuations Appendix F: Derivation of the Smoluchowskii equation from the Langevin equation

About the Author

Masao Doi graduated from the Department of Applied Physics of University of Tokyo in 1970. In 1976 he received his Doctoral Degree in Engineering at the University of Tokyo and began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Tokyo Metropolitan University. He moved to Nagoya University in 1989 and to Tokyo University in 2004. He retired from Tokyo University in 2012, and is now working as a fellow of Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute. His early research was concerned with the dynamics and rheology of flexible polymers, especially with developing a theoretical description of the role of molecular entanglements for determining the transport properties to flexible polymer solutions and melts. He then worked on various aspects of the rheological properties of soft matter, polymers, liquid crystals, colloidal suspensions and gels. His current research is focused on the surface phenomena of polymers, such as adhesion, friction, and drying.


A very comprehensive introduction and overview of the field of Soft Matter Science very well suited as a textbook for graduate students * Patrick Ilg, Applied Rheology *
All the important concepts of soft matter physics are introduced and well described and discussed. [] Doi's Soft Matter Physics is a book worthwhile to have at hand on your bookshelf, if you are interested in the broader aspects of soft matter, not just liquid crystals. * Liquid Crystals Today, *

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