Molecular Interfacial Phenomena of Polymers and Biopolymers

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781855739284
eBook ISBN: 9781845690830
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 22nd July 2005
Page Count: 712
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One of the most exciting areas of polymer research is the study of interfacial phenomena and their practical applications. This major work reviews the key research in this important area and is used in such areas as biomaterials.

Part one looks at the thermodynamics, kinetics and other fundamental properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces. The second part of the book reviews ways of characterising and manipulating interfacial phenomena. It includes examples of practical applications such as vaccine delivery, tissue engineering and the development of therapeutic lung surfactants.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Molecular interfacial phenomena of polymers and biopolymers is a standard work on understanding polymeric interfacial properties and their medical and other practical applications.

Key Features

  • Reviews key research in this hot area including biomaterials
  • Examines polymeric interfacial properties and reviews medical and other practical applications
  • Edited by a leading authority with contributions from distinguished experts worldwide


Researchers and postgraduate students with an interest in polymers or biopolymers

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals: Thermodynamics and kinetics of protein/surfactant mixtures at liquid interfaces; Molecular modelling of polymer surfaces and interfaces; Non-Fickian diffusion in systems with complex interfaces; Semiflexible polymers: From statics to dynamics; Thermodynamics of contact angles on rough, heterogeneous surfaces. Part 2 Characteristation and manipulation: Scanning probe microscopy – application for the study of soft materials; Pyrene florescence to study polymeric systems; Application of axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA) to the study of biomolecules; Polyelectrolyte coupling with lipid monolayers; Surface-energetic properties of polymers in controlled architecture; Surface-energetic properties of polymers in controlled architecture; Interfacial properties of amphiphilic dendritic polymers. Part 3 Applications: Self-assembly of peptides and its potential application; Physiochemical modulation of immobilised extracellular matrix; Biodegradable polymer microparticles for genetic vaccine delivery; Triblock copolymers as promoters of solubilization of oils in aqueous surfactant solutions; Surface and interfacial studies of plant biopolymers; Polymeric composite membranes and biomimetic affinity ligands for bioseparation and immunoadsorption; Studying polymeric systems in solution.


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…it will be valued by researchers and postgraduate students with interest in polymers or biopolymers., Materials World
All the sections are unique and specialised to the authors' field of expertise., Materials World