Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Peter J. Collings, John W. Goodby

CRC Press
November 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 521 Pages - 20 Color & 380 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138298767 - CAT# K35675

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Summary

Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics, Second Edition, relies on only introductory level chemistry and physics as the foundation for understanding liquid crystal science. Liquid crystals combine the material properties of solids with the flow properties of fluids. As such they have provided the foundation for a revolution in low-power, flat-panel display technology (LCDs). In this book, the essential elements of liquid crystal science are introduced and explained from the perspectives of both the chemist and physicist.

Key Features:

  • Introduces and explains the essential elements of liquid crystal science, including discussion of how liquid crystals have been utilized for innovative and important applications. New to this edition are over 300 figures, updated end-of-chapter exercises, and an increased scope that includes recent developments in the field.
  • Combines the knowledge of two eminent scientists in the field; they have fully updated and expanded the text to cover undergraduate/graduate course work as well as current research in what is now a billion-dollar industry.
  • Immerses the reader in the vocabulary, structures, data, and kinetic models, rapidly building up an understanding of the theories and models in current use.
  • Begins with an historical account of the discovery of liquid crystals and continues with a description of how different phases are generated and how different molecular architectures affect liquid crystal properties.

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