Molecular and Colloidal Electro-optics

Stoyl P. Stoylov, Maria V. Stoimenova

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August 28, 2006 by CRC Press
Reference - 594 Pages - 297 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849398117 - CAT# 9811
Series: Surfactant Science

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Features

  • Covers electro-optic methods including electric birefringence, electric dichroism, and electric light scattering
  • Explores applications for characterizing polymers, polyelectrolytes, liquid crystals, amphiphiles, nanoparticles, and biocolloids such as cells, bacteria, phages, and viruses
  • Proposes electro-optic methods as an alternative to ultracentrifugation, static and dynamic light scattering, dielectric spectroscopy, and other analytical techniques
  • Provides a one-stop reference to the latest theory, methods, and applications in electro-optics
  • Summary

    Molecular and Colloidal Electro-Optics presents cohesive coverage from internationally recognized experts on new approaches and developments in both theoretical and experimental areas of electro-optic science. It comprises a well-integrated yet multi-disciplinary treatment of fundamental principles, strategies, and applications of electro-optic techniques for the characterization of macromolecular, small-particle, and nanomolecular systems.

    Following a historical review of post-war advances in electro-optics of disperse systems, the first part of the book focuses on the latest achievements in electro-optic theory, particularly low-frequency relaxation. It offers comparative discussions and experimental data to accompany different viewpoints on the origin of the low-frequency effects and multiple theoretical constructions. The second part highlights the unique advantage of using electro-optics as an alternative to conventional characterization and analysis of colloidal systems. Demonstrating the sensitivity of electro-optic methods to interparticle interactions, the book explains how these methods are used to analyze particle surface electric states, evaluate phase transitions, and determine physical properties.

    As the first treatment of this subject to surface in more than fifteen years, Molecular and Colloidal Electro-Optics is a definitive, up-to-date portrait of modern colloidal electro-optic science. This one-stop reference to the latest theory, methods, and applications is ideal for advanced graduate students and researchers in biophysical chemistry, microbiology, polymer, colloid, and nanoscience.