Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology

1st Edition

Authors: Subhash Mahajan
Editor-in-Chiefs: K.H.J. Buschow Robert Cahn Merton Flemings Bernhard Ilschner Edward Kramer Subhash Mahajan Patrick Veyssiere
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080431529
eBook ISBN: 9780080523583
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 19th September 2001
Page Count: 10388
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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

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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.

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About the Author

Subhash Mahajan

About the Editor-in-Chief

K.H.J. Buschow

Professor Kurt Heinz Jürgen Buschow is a member of the Experimental Physics Department of the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He studied Physical Chemistry at the Free University of Amsterdam, starting in 1954.
After having received his M.Sc. degree in 1960 he prepared his thesis work dealing with “Ion-pair Formation with Polyacene Mono and Dinegative Ions”. He received his Ph.D. degree at the Free University in 1963.
In 1964 he held a research position at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He was appointed Senior Scientist in 1976 and Chief Scientist in 1988. His research activities comprised fundamental as well as applied aspects. During this period he stayed for one year (1977) as a guest scientist at the Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.Y. In March 1994 he left the Philips Research Laboratories, taking a position at the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, University of Amsterdam and having simultaneously a part-time professorship at the University of Leiden.
His teaching activities are in the field of Metal Physics and Magnetic Materials. He has published more than 1100 papers in international scientific journals and is author of several review papers and handbook chapters on magnetic materials, metal hydrides and amorphous alloys. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Advisory Editor of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials and is also Editor of the Series Handbook Magnetic Materials. Recently he became one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Van Der Waals-Zeeman Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Robert Cahn

Robert S. Cahn received his B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1970. From 1970 until 1982, he was a member of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Miami and of the Mathematics Department of Lehman College from 1983-1985. In 1986 he joined the IBM Communications Department working on network design algorithms and network design tools. He has also designed a number of very large, high-speed networks for both IBM and IBM customers. He is the author or over 20 research articles spanning his various interests. He is adjunct professor of Computer Science at Polytechnic University and regularly teaches about network design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cambridge University

Merton Flemings

Bernhard Ilschner

Edward Kramer

Subhash Mahajan

Patrick Veyssiere