Gels Handbook, Four-Volume Set

Gels Handbook, Four-Volume Set

1st Edition - October 6, 2000

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Yoshihito Osada
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080532349

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This major reference work, covering the important materials science area of gels, is a translation of a Japanese handbook. The three-volume set is organized to cover the following: fundamentals, functions, and environmental issues. Gels Handbook also contains an appendix, complete references, and data on gel compounds.Recently, polymer gels have attracted many scientific researchers, medical doctors, and pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural engineers to the rapidly growing field. Gels are considered to be one of the most promising materials in the 21st Century. They are unique in that they are soft, gentle, and can sense and accommodate environmental changes. Because of these unique characteristics gels have a huge potential in technological and medical applications. They are irreplaceable in the separation of molecules, the release of drugs, artificial skins and organs, sensors, actuators, chemical memories, and many other applications.The 21st century is also said to be the century of biotechnology, where two kinds of biopolymers play crucial roles: DNA as a bearer of geneticinformation and proteins as molecular machines. In spite of the dramatic progress in molecular biology and the Human Genome project, the basic principles behind the function and design of such polymeric machines are in the black box. Science and technologies that will emerge from those of polymer gels will shed light on such principles.Some researchers have already developed prototypes of artificial glands (pancreas), artificial muscles and actuators, and chemical sensors and molecular recovery systems using polymer gels.The Gels Handbook is an invaluable source of information on this rapidly growing field. It covers the entire area from the scientific basics to the applications of the materials. The authors are among the leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and patent officers in Japan. This book can be used as a textbook or an encyclopedia and is a must for those involved in gel research or applications.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features
@bul:* Comprehensive coverage of a popular topic in materials science
* Is the first english-language gels handbook
* Includes numerous figures, tables, and photos


Professionals and academics working in materials science, particularly with plastics and polymers.
Medical researchers and doctors, pharmaceutical engineers, chemical engineers,

Table of Contents

  • Shortened table of contents:

    Part One: Definitions and Classifications of Gels
    Chapter 1: Definition and Classification of Gels
    Chapter 2: Theory of Gelation and Processing of Gels
    Chapter 3: Structure and Material Property of Gels

    Part Two: The Functions
    Chapter 1: Outline
    Chapter 2: Functions

    Part 3: The Applications
    Chapter 1: Sanitary Products
    Chapter 2: Daily Necessities
    Chapter 3: Food, Wrappings
    Chapter 4: Medicine, Medical Care
    Chapter 5: Agriculture, Gardening
    Chapter 6: Civil Engineering, Construction
    Chapter 7: Chemical Engineering
    Chapter 8: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
    Chapter 9: Sports, Leisure Industry

    Part 4: The Environment: Earth's Environment and Gels
    Chapter 1: Maintaining the Environment
    Chapter 2: Greenery Technology
    Chapter 3: Sanitary Products and Environmental Problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1509
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2000
  • Published: October 6, 2000
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080532349

About the Editor in Chief

Yoshihito Osada

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Instutute of Technology, U.S.A.

About the Editor

Kanji Kajiwara

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Instutute of Technology, U.S.A.

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