Read the latest materials science books from the Royal Society of Chemistry

New in the Energy & Environment Series:

    Thermoelectric Materials and Devices edited by Iris Nandhakumar, Neil M White and Stephen Beeby
    Unconventional Thin Film Photovoltaics edited by Enrico Da Como, Filippo De Angelis, Henry Snaith and Alison Walker
    Photocatalysis (2 Volume Set) edited by Jenny Schneider, Detlef Bahnemann, Jinhua Ye, Gianluca Li Puma and Dionysios D Dionysiou

New in the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

    Nanofluidics 2nd Edition edited by Joshua Edel, Aleksandar Ivanov, MinJun Kim
    Near-infrared Nanomaterials: Preparation, Bioimaging and Therapy Applications edited by Fan Zhang

New in the Polymer Chemistry Series:

    Fluorinated Polymers (2 Volume Set) edited by Bruno Ameduri and Hideo Sawada
    Bio-inspired Polymers edited by Nico Bruns and Andreas F M Kilbinger
    Semiconducting Polymers edited by Christine Luscombe
    Polymers for Personal Care Products and Cosmetics edited by Xian Jun Loh

New in the Smart Materials Series:

    Self-cleaning Coatings: Structure, Fabrication and Application edited by Junhui He
    Bioactive Glasses: Fundamentals, Technology and Applications edited by Aldo R Boccaccini, Delia S Brauer and Leena Hupa
    Functional Polymer Composites with Nanoclays edited by Yuri Lvov, Baochun Guo and Rawil F Fakhrullin
    Smart Materials for Tissue Engineering: Fundamental Principles edited by Qun Wang

New in the Soft Matter Series:

    Wormlike Micelles edited by Cecile A Dreiss and Yujun Feng
    Non-wettable Surfaces edited by Robin H A Ras and Abraham Marmur

New Postgraduate Textbooks:

    Attending this year’s Fall MRS Meeting?
    View our latest materials science books on display at the Royal Society of Chemistry stand #222 and meet the materials science Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle to find out more about our books programme.
    Meet the Editor-in-chief for the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Book Series Paul O’Brien CBE FREng FRS on the stand between 2.30pm-3.30pm on Wednesday 30th November.
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The Books Catalogue 2017 is here

As a specialist publisher working with internationally respected authors, we support scientists, researchers, students and teachers with high quality, internationally respected chemical science books that span the breadth of our subject. Our collection is made up of over 1,500 books – and it’s growing.

To explore our latest titles and find out what’s on the horizon, download your copy of our Books Catalogue.

There’s a lot to look forward to in 2017.

Highlights include:

  • more volumes added to established series
  • two completely new series – Food Chemistry, Function and Analysis provides comprehensive coverage of important topics in food science and chemistry, and Advances in Chemistry Education reviews developments in chemistry education internationally
  • unique additions to our textbook selection, with exciting works on organic synthesis, catalysis, mathematical tools for NMR and microfluidics
  • new editions of classic textbooks including Handbook of Surface Plasmon Resonance, An Introduction to Ionic Liquids and Chemistry of Polymers
  • explorations of the chemistry of daily life in The Chemical Story of Olive Oil, Coffee: Chemistry, Quality and Health, Poisons and Poisonings, and The Science Behind the Superheroes.

And that’s just a taste of what’s waiting for you inside the catalogue.

Would you prefer a print version of our Books Catalogue? Just send us your address and we’ll be happy to post one out to you.

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Dr Alan Greenwood reviews “Crime Scene to Court (Fourth Edition)”

Books review: Crime Scene to Court (Fourth Edition)

Edited by Peter White

RSC Publishing | 2016 | 680pp | £37.99 (PB) | ISBN 978-1-78262-446-2

Reviewed by Dr Alan Greenwood, Coventry University, United Kingdom

‘Crime Scene to Court – The Essentials of Forensic Science’ has been essential reading for forensic science students for a number of years. As with previous iterations of this book, this fourth edition approaches subjects in a progressive, user-friendly way that should appeal to those with both a scientific and non- scientific background. As the title suggests, the reader is taken through the investigative process from the examination of the crime scene, through to the analysis of various evidence types, and then finally to the presentation of evidence in court by an expert witness.

This fourth edition considers a range of evidence types, from traditional ones such as marks evidence, toxicology and trace evidence, to less traditional examples like forensic ecology. Unlike some forensic texts, each evidence type is written by experts in that particular field, who skilfully present their practitioner knowledge and experience with clarity. This new edition also includes chapters on ‘Identifying the Individual’ and ‘Digital Forensics’. The former predominately considers finger-mark evidence, and includes sections on cognitive bias and biometrics. With Digital Forensics expertly covering a range of topics including privacy laws, hacking, and the issues related to inspecting seized computers. As the digital world continues to develop, digital forensics is becoming increasingly more important within the criminal justice system, therefore its inclusion in this book should be applauded.

The use of colour images in this edition greatly supports the readers understanding. For example their use in bloodstain pattern analysis allows clear comprehension of the directionality component of blood patterns, something that could be difficult in previous editions. In addition, the fact that most of the contributing authors are UK based should appeal to those with specific interest in how forensic science is applied within the UK legal framework – UK based students for example.

In conclusion, this is an excellent book which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with an interest in forensic science, from the experienced practitioner to the curious layman.

Crime Scene to Court (Fourth Edition) can be purchased here.

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Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text (Third Edition)

The third edition of Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text discusses many topics in the field, including the provision of environmentally benign products from sustainable resources, legislation, renewable resources, catalysis in green chemistry, and some industrial case studies. This book is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering green chemistry, and is written by Mike Lancaster, who set up the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Network and has more than 20 years’ experience in the chemical industry.

Also of interest, the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Journal is honouring the 25th anniversary of the term “green chemistry” by publishing an editorial each month in the year 2016 focusing on one of the twelve principles of green chemistry. Read the latest edition of our Green Chemistry Journal here.

You may find other books of interest in our Green Chemistry Series, including:

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Celebrating 40 books in the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series

The publication of Near-infrared Nanomaterials edited by Fan Zhang sees the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series reach the great achievement of publishing its fortieth book.

With contributions from leading experts in nanoscale research, the series provides a comprehensive resource of books covering key topics such as the characterisation, performance and properties of nanostructured materials and technologies and their applications. Since the publication of the first book in 2005 on Nanotubes and Nanowires by C N Ram Rao and A Govindaraj, the series has covered subjects such as polymer-based nanostructures, nanodiamond, fullerenes and nanoarcitectonics as well as the applications of nanomaterials in art conservation, food, health and energy.

Series Editor-in-chief, Paul O’Brien CBE FRS, says ‘this series is remarkably popular with both readers and contributors with several volumes updated and published as new editions. Much of the success has been ‘bottom up’ and a result of the hard work by the authors and editors of individual volumes, they all deserve our thanks. If you have an idea for a book in the series please do contact us – we want to have our 50th volume as soon as possible!’

Titles include:

  • Hierarchical Nanostructures for Energy Devices edited by Seung H Ko and Costas P Grigoropoulos
  • Nanoceramics in Clinical Use (2nd Edition) by María Vallet-Regi and Daniel Arcos Navarrete
  • Semiconductor Quantum Dots by Mark Green
  • Nanocharacterisation (2nd Edition) edited by Angus I Kirkland and Sarah J Haigh

View all 40 titles in the Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series.

Don’t forget you can freely access the table of contents, preface, front matter and first chapter of every eBook in the series via the RSC Publishing website.

If you have an idea for a book in the series or just want to know more then please contact the series Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle.

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New Textbooks

The following textbooks have recently been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and can be found in our bookshop.

Crime Scene to Court (4th edition)

The first edition of Crime Scene to Court was published in 1998 after Peter White discovered that he couldn’t find a suitable textbook covering forensic techniques and practises with which to teach his undergraduate and postgraduate students. Now, in its 4th edition, this book is ideal for anyone studying forensic science or law with a limited background in science, or anyone with a role in an investigation.

Forensic Toxicology

This book is an essential resource for postgraduate students and researchers of forensic toxicology who need the latest data and knowledge in the field. Some of the topics discussed include pharmacoepidemiology, the use and abuse of drugs in driving, sport, and the workplace, and new drug groups and their impact on legislation.

Stimuli-Responsive Materials

This book introduces the concepts of responsiveness to external stimuli, an attractive feature for many applications. Written by a renowned expert in the field, this book provides readers with comprehensive scientific principles and developments of stimuli-responsive materials, as well as the recent technological advances.

Introduction to Photocatalysis

This is an ideal textbook for graduate students of catalysis, environmental science, materials science and chemical engineering. Topics covered in this book include the fundamental principles and applicable techniques of light, solid state physics, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, materials processing, and future prospects of application of photocatalysis.

Principles of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

This new edition includes the up-to-date advances in analytical techniques and applications of this field, and is written by the field’s experts. This book is written as an aid for students and lecturers alike, and to those in industry, as an invaluable source of information.


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A Flash of Light

In a book that covers a host of fascinating light-related topics such as the hues of alien sunsets to the psychology of colour, Mark Lorch and Andy Miah provide an illuminating insight into how and why we see the universe the way we do.

A Flash of Light was written in just a weekend in a novel experiment at the 2015 Manchester Science Festival, in which Dr Lorch and Professor Miah challenged a group of academics to write a book with the public watching over their

shoulders. Dr Lorch said: “fuelled with caffeine and take-out and inspired by each other’s company, we knocked out a book that we are really very proud of”.

If you have ever wondered about the science of colour and light, and want some simple and fun “try this at home” ideas, this book can be yours for just £12. The book can be purchased here and found as an e-book from online retailers.

Don’t forget that Royal Society of Chemistry members, authors and reviews are eligible for discounts off our books. Please contact our books team for your discount code.

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20 books now published in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series

The RSC Polymer Chemistry Series are celebrating the publication of 20 books in the series with the publication of Polymers for Personal Care Products and Cosmetics by Xian Jun Loh, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore.

With contributions from leading international experts, each book in the series covers key themes in polymer chemistry research providing the perfect introduction for graduate students and researchers.

Series Editor-in-chief Ben Zhong Tang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, says “our series has published books over a wide variety of important topics in the area of polymer research, from fundamental studies to practical techniques, benefiting a large spectrum of audience. The success is due to the enthusiastic support of our editors and authors. I must thank the editorial staff of Royal Society of Chemistry, especially Leanne Marle, for their very professional assistance over the years.”

Titles in the series include:

  • Polymer Photovoltaics: Materials, Physics, and Device Engineering edited by Fei Huang, Hin-Lap Yip and Yong Cao
  • Cationic Polymers in Regenerative Medicine edited by Sangram Samal and Peter Dubruel
  • Conjugated Polymers: A Practical Guide to Synthesis edited by Klaus Müllen, John R Reynolds and Toshio Masuda
  • Thiol-X Chemistries in Polymer and Materials Science edited by Andrew Lowe and Christopher Bowman
  • Fundamentals of Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization edited by Nicolay V Tsarevsky and Brent S Sumerlin

View all 20 titles in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series.

Don’t forget you can read the table of contents, preface, front matter and first chapter of the eBooks in the series for free.

If you have an idea for a book in the series or just want to know more then please contact Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle.

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Prizes won at 4th ESP Photobiology School

Diana Yuzhakova from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia and Giulia Zampini from the Università degli Studi di Perugia in Italy win prizes for their posters

A school on photobiology was held in Brixen from 20-25 June 2016. The European Photobiology Society initiated this bi-annual school to inspire graduate students and early-stage researchers to be the photobiologists of the future. This year, 45 students enthusiastically participated, and also presented their research as posters.Three faculty members had the hard task of judging the presented posters: two of them were chosen for prizes. Diana Yuzhakova from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) was awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2017 ESP congress in Pisa (Italy). Giulia Zampini from the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) was awarded the two-volume book Singlet Oxygen: Applications in Biosciences and Nanosciences edited by S. Nonell and C. Flors.

Words by Professor Massimo Trotta, Istituto per i Processi Chimico Fisici-CNR, Italy

You can view the ebook version of Singlet Oxygen: Applications in Biosciences and Nanosciences Volume 1 and Volume 2 on our website. Read the first chapter for free.


Singlet Oxygen: Applications in Biosciences and Nanosciences

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Advanced Nanomaterials

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Register now for ANM 2016

25 – 27 July 2016

These international nanotechnology symposia, which will be hosted simultaneously as parallel sessions, promote the gathering of scientists, students and industry experts to exchange and enhance their knowledge and vanguard ideas for future applications.

The topics explored will include and are not limited to:

  • nanomaterials
  • nanoelectronics
  • nanoenergy
  • nanomedicine
  • nanomechanics
  • graphenematerials
  • spintronics materials
  • devices
  • fabrication
  • characterization
  • theoretical study

You can find out more here.

New Publication from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Supramolecular Chemistry at Surfaces covers different methods of preparing and studying self-assembled structures at surfaces and interfaces. Written by a leading expert in the field, this is the first book to give a      multidisciplinary view of the supramolecular aspects of interfaces providing the reader with an objective summary of all the deposition methods and their characterisation. The book will appeal to students and  researchers in supramolecular chemistry, nanoscience, polymer chemistry and physics, surface science and materials science.

By:         David B Amabilino

Published:         April 2016

£179.99 available from pubs.rsc.org/bookshop

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