Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology


  • K.H.J. Buschow, Van Der Waals-Zeeman Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Robert Cahn, Cambridge University
  • Merton Flemings
  • Bernhard Ilschner
  • Edward Kramer
  • Subhash Mahajan
  • Patrick Veyssiere


  • Subhash Mahajan

The study of materials is interdisciplinary in nature and requires knowledge of research in many related fields, such as physics, chemistry, engineering and even biomedical science. Scientists and engineers working with materials increasingly need a medium for gathering relevant information from the growing amount of literature available.The Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology presents around 1,800 articles written by experts in their fields, resulting in a comprehensive coverage of this broad and wide-ranging subject. It is the only encyclopedia available that covers all of materials science and technology, focussing on the following areas: * Functional Phenomena * Structural Phenomena * Fundamental Core Theory * Structural Materials * Polymers and Materials Chemistry * Functional Materials This title is also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. Please contact your librarian for more information about access to these products within your institution.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2001
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-043152-9

Table of Contents

Subject areas: Functional Phenomena. Electrical and thermal transport in normal solids. Physics and application of superconductors. Lattice properties and thermodynamics. Metal-gas reactions and electrochemistry. Magnetism and electronic properties and bulk solids. Hard and soft magnetic materials, manufacturing and applications. Magneto-optical and optical recording. Magnetic recording; magnetic fluids. Physical properties of thin films and artificial multilayers. Optical and dielectric phenomena. Fundamental Core Theory. Fundamentals of materials science. Amorphous materials. Nuclear materials and irradiation effects. Biomedical and dental materials. Natural products and biomimetics. Carbon. Wood and paper. Characterization of materials. Surfaces: structure and properties. Miscellaneous. Structural Materials. Metal extraction, melting and refining. Metal processing. Structure, transformations and properties, light metals. Structure, transformations and properties, ferrous metals. Ceramic processing. Structure, transformations, properties in ceramics.Composites: MMC, CMC, PMC. Applications: aerospace automotive, sports, other.Applications: building. Modeling: atomic, microscale, large scale. Materials selection, life cycle costs, environmental tradeoffs, etc. Corrosion. Structural Phenomena. Elasticity-residual stress. Brittle fracture. Plastic deformation in static loading. Microscopic models of plasticity. Deformation and damage under cyclic load. Creep, strength and fatigue at elevated temperature. Mechanical properties of surfaces and in micro-dimensions. Deformation-related processing. Mechanical testing and nondestructive inspection.Polymers and Materials Chemistry. Crystalline polymers. Glassy amorphous and liquid crystalline polymers.Conducting and semiconducting polymers and organics. Elastomers, networks and gels. Block copolymers. Industrial polymerization chemistry. New synthesis methods for speciality polymers. Polymer processing. Inorganic materials chemistry. Organic/inorganic hybrid materials. Self-assembling materials chemistry. Liquid crystals. Functional Materials. Physics and chemistry of semiconductors. Semiconducting devices. Defects in semiconductors. Evaluation of semiconductors. Crystal growth. Epitaxial growth. Semiconductor processing and IC fabrication. Nonlinear optical materials. Electroceramics. Packaging.