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New books covering the latest smart materials

New titles in the RSC Smart Materials Series include:

Magnetorheology: Advances and Applications edited by Norman Wereley, University of Maryland, USA

Leading experts provide a timely overview of the key developments in the physics, chemistry and uses of magnetorheological fluids.

Look out for forthcoming books in the Series:

Mechanochromic Fluorescent Materials: Phenomena, Materials and Applications edited by Jiarui Xu and Zhenguo Chi, Sun Yat-sen University, China

An introduction to the concept of mechanofluorochromism and the variety of applications of this group of materials.

Functional Nanometer-Sized Clusters of Transition Metals: Synthesis, Properties and Applications edited by Wei Chen, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and Shaowei Chen, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Edited by active researchers in the area, the book provides a valuable reference for researchers in the area of functional nanomaterials.

Read the latest title in the RSC Soft Matter Series:

Functional Molecular Gels Edited by Beatriu Escuder and Juan Miravet, Universitat Jaume I, France

Forthcoming titles in the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

Nanodiamond Edited by Oliver Williams, Cardiff University, UK

Interested in writing a book? Contact the Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle for more information about publishing books with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Attending the Spring ACS meeting in Dallas next month? Visit us at booth #1101 to see our latest books on display.

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New Books Published in Polymer Chemistry

Read the latest titles in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series:

Conjugated PolymersConjugated Polymers: A Practical Guide to Synthesis edited by Klaus Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany; John R Reynolds, Georgia Institute of
Technology, USA and Toshio Masuda, Fukui University of Technology, Japan

Edited by world leading experts in the field of conjugated polymer synthesis, the book serves as a convenient guide for advanced undergraduate level and above.

Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity: From Synthesis to Applications edited by Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla, María Cerrada and Marta Fernández-García, Institute of Science and
Technology of Polymers, Spain

A comprehensive overview of different antimicrobial polymeric materials, their antimicrobial action modes and applications.

Natural Rubber Materials Volume 1: Blends and IPNs
Natural Rubber Materials Volume 2: Composites and Nanocomposites
Edited by Hannah J Maria, Rajisha K R, Jithin Joy and Sabu Thomas, Mahatma Ghandi University, India;  Chin Han Chan, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia and Laly A Pothen, Bishop Moore College, India

This comprehensive two volume set covers the synthesis, characterization and applications of natural rubber based blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, composites and nanocomposites.

Dont’t forget, everyone can access the table of contents, preface and first chapter of the eBooks above for free by registering for an RSC Publishing Personal Account.

Look out for the forthcoming title in the Series:

Phosphorus-Based Polymers: From Synthesis to Applications edited by Sophie Monge, University of Montpellier 2, France and Ghislain David, Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier, France

New Textbook Published:

Polymer Structure Characterization: From Nano to Macro Organization in Small Molecules and Polymers, 2nd Edition
Richard A Pethrick, University of Strathclyde, UK

A textbook aimed at polymer and material scientists, but also of interest to chemists and physicists studying organic materials.

For further information on our course materials and to request an inspection copy click here.

Interested in writing a book? Contact the Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle for more information about publishing books with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Recently Published Books on Nano, Polymer and Materials Science

Read the latest new title in the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

Artificial Cilia edited by Jaap den Toonder and Patrick Onck

Just published in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series:

Thiol-X Chemistries in Polymer and Materials Science edited by Andrew Lowe and Christopher Bowman

New books on Materials for Catalysis in the RSC Catalysis Series:

Metal Organic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts edited by Fransesc Llabrés i Xamena and Jorge Gascon

Environmental Catalysis over Gold-Based Materials edited by George Avgouropoulos and Tatyana Tabakova

Also of interest

Handbook of Chalcogen Chemistry edited by Francesco Devillanova and Wolf-Walther du Mont

Dendrimers in Biomedical Applications edited by Barbara Klajnert, Ling Peng and Valentin Cena

Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives edited by Romana Santos, Nick Aldred, Stanislav Gorb and Patrick Flammang

Look out for these forthcoming new titles

Natural Rubber Materials edited by Sabu Thomas, Chin han Chan, Laly Pothen, Jithin Joy, Rajisha K.R and  Hanna Maria

Functional Molecular Gels edited by Beatriu Escuder and Juan F Miravet

Conjugated Polymers edited by Klaus Müllen, John R Reynolds and Toshio Masuda

Supramolecular Systems in Biomedical Fields edited by Hans-Jörg Schneider

Interested in writing a book? Contact the Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle for more information about publishing books with the RSC.

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Latest Books on Nano and Materials Science

From photonic nanomaterials and bioinspired materials to art conservation and self-assembly in water droplets, read the latest new titles on materials and nanoscience from RSC Books. 

Resposive Photonic NanostructureNew books in the RSC Smart Materials Series:

Responsive Photonic Nanostructures edited by Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside, USA

A comprehensive summary for postgraduates and researchers in academia and industry interested in the smart materials and their potential applications.

Materials Design Inspired by Nature edited by Peter Fratzl , John Dunlop and Richard Weinkamer, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Materials Design Inspired by NatureThe first book to address the relationship between inner architecture and properties of natural materials, essential reading for anyone in materials research.

The newest titles in the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

Nanoscience for the Conservation of Works of Art edited by Piero Baglioni and David Chelazzi, University of Florence, Italy

Professional conservators and scientists alike will find this essential reading, as will postgraduate students in the fields of materials and colloid science, art restoration and nanoscience.

Polymer Nanofibers by Dario Pisignano, University of Salento, Italy

A comprehensive overview of the latest developments in the field from materials to applications.

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

 

 

New to nanotechnology? Want to understand more about self-assembly?Water Droplets to Nanotechnology

Water Droplets to Nanotechnology by Plinio Innocenzi, Luca Malfatti, University of Sassari, Italy and Paolo Falcaro, CSIRO, Australia, uses everyday examples to give a simple and general overview of the different self-assembly processes in nanotechnology suitable for non-specialists.

Look out for these new forthcoming titles:

Artificial Cilia edited by Jaap den Toonder and Patrick Onck
Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives edited by Romana Santos, Nick Aldred, Stanislav Gorb and Patrick Flammang

Got an idea for a new book? Contact the Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle for more information about publishing books with the RSC.

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RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series Celebrates 30 Titles

With the publication of its latest title, Artificial Cilia edited by Jaap den Toonder and Patrick Onck, the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series celebrated publishing 30 books in the Series.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology research has grown considerably in recent years and the Series provides a comprehensive resource of the latest developments in the area. As well as covering key topics in nanoscience, including the characterisation, performance and properties of nanostructured materials and technologies, the books also reflect the different fields’ nanoscience covers, from energy and environmental applications to health and medicine.

The Series is led by Editor-in-Chief Paul O’Brien FRS, University of Manchester, UK with Series Editors Ralph Nuzzo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; Joao Rocha, University of Aveiro, Portugal and Xiaogang Liu, National University of Singapore.

Paul O’Brien FRS, the founding Editor, commented that ‘I had high hopes for the Series when we launched it in 2005, it has far exceeded my expectations. The success is due to the enthusiasm of both authors and readers for the Series, many titles sell out and are reprinted! It’s a great opportunity to thank all the team – my other Board members, the authors and the ever dependable team at the RSC’.

Recent Titles include:

  • Nanoscience for the Conservation of Works
  • Polymer Nanofibers
  • Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

Popular Titles include:

  • Nanotubes and Nanowires
  • Fullerenes
  • Nanocharacterisation
  • Nanofluidics
  • Nanotechnologies in Food

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 Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle.

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New Books on Smart Materials and Polymer Chemistry

Need to get an overview of the latest topics in Polymer Chemistry? Read the latest titles in the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series:

Fundamentals of Controlled/Living Radical PolymerizationFundamentals of Controlled/Living Radical Polymerizaion edited by Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Southern Methodist University, USA and Brent S. Sumerlin, University of Florida, USA.

Provides an in-depth history, description, and mechanistic understanding of each of the controlled/living radical polymerization techniques and practical details necessary to carry out the reactions.

Functional Polymers for Nanomedicine edited by Youqing Shen, Zhejiang University, China

A complete overview of the different strategies for designing polymers for targeted gene therapy and drug delivery for researchers in polymer science, nanotechnology and pharmacy.

Functional Polymers for NanomedicineInterested in the latest developments in functional materials and their applications in biomedicine and energy? Find out more from the latest titles in the RSC Smart Materials Book Series:

Smart Materials for Drug Delivery (Volume 1 and Volume 2) edited by Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo and Angel Concheiro, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Written by leading experts in the field, the book provides both an introduction to the key areas for graduate students and new researchers in the stimuli-responsive field as well as serving as a reference for those already working on fundamental materials research or their applications.

Look out for the following forthcoming new titles in Nano, Polymer and Materials Science:

Smart Materials for Drug Delivery

Responsive Photonic Nanostructuresedited by Yadong Yin, Unversity of California, Riverside, USA
Materials Design Inspired by Nature edited by Peter Fratzl , John Dunlop and Richard Weinkamer, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Nanoscience for the Conservation of Works of Art edited by Piero Baglioni and David Chelazzi, University of Florence, Italy
Water Droplets to Nanotechnology by Plinio Innocenzi, Luca Malfatti, University of Sassari, Italy and Paolo Falcaro, CSIRO, Australia
Polymer Nanofibers by Dario Pisignano, University of Salento, Italy

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

Book Reviews

Chemistry World says “It is impossible to do justice here to the immense amount of useful information this book contains.” about Materials for a Sustainable Future edited by Trevor M Letcher and Janet L Scott – read more in the article.

Meet the Team

Commissioning Editor Leanne Marle will be attending the 11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11), University of Warwick, UK, 8th -11th July. Do let me know if you are attending and would like to arrange a meeting to discuss book publishing with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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New Nano, Polymer and Materials Science Books

To help you keep up-to-date with key topics in nano, polymer and materials Science, we are delighted to announce the publication of the following RSC Books.

Healable Polymer SystemsIn the RSC Polymer Chemistry Series:

Healable Polymer Systems edited by Wayne Hayes and Barnaby Greenland, University of Reading, UK

With contributions from leading experts, the book provides a reference text on self-healing polymers from a chemist’s perspective.

In the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites edited by Dimitrios Tasis, University of Patras, Greece

Summarizes the basic chemical aspects for obtaining multifunctional carbon nanotube-based polymer composites and highlights recent advances in the field.

 

 

Coming Soon: 

  • Fundamentals of Controlled/Living Radical Polymerizaion edited by Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Southern Methodist University, USA and Brent S. Sumerlin, University of Florida, USA.
  • Functional Polymers for Nanomedicine edited by Youqing Shen, Zhejiang University, China
  • Smart Materials for Drug Delivery edited by Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo and Angel Concheiro, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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

If you have an idea for a book or would like more information about our materials titles please contact the Materials Books Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle

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New book – Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

The combination of graphene within polymer matrices produces a material with improved electrical, barrier and mechanical properties. This new book is the first, forward-thinking, publication of its kind to detail the various methodologies of graphene functionalization and subsequent generation of nanocomposites in a comprehensive way.

Covering the most recent developments in the generation of graphene nanocomposites synthesis it assimilates, in one place, all the necessary information required to provide the reader with in-depth insights into the various aspects of the subject. The concluding chapter provides a summary on the current status and future challenges associated with the subject.

Edited by Vikas Mittal, Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites is a comprehensive handbook providing essential, highly toical, methods and strategies to the researcher.

Find out more – access the content.

Want to know more about different nanomaterials? Find out about our other titles in the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series.

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Computing with Molecules

We are constantly taking in information, processing it, storing it and transferring it all because of our molecular systems. But it is only in recent years that the information-processing abilities of molecules have been explored.

Molecular Logic-based Computation looks at the way molecules can be used in computation by performing a logical operation based on one or more physical or chemical inputs and a single output.

This well-organised book starts by introducing the history and basic concepts of the subject followed by examples of different systems from single input–single output logic gates to more complex ones, as well as applications in sensing and medical diagnostics.

This book provides an authoritative guide for scientists, academics and postgraduate students.

Stands to reason you’ll want to read more – access the content now.

Find out more about our other titles in the Monographs in Supramolecular Chemistry Book Series.

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Eiichi Fukada reviews Biological Interactions with Surface Charge in Biomaterials

Books Review: Biological Interactions with Surface Charge in Biomaterials

Edited by Syed A. M. Tofail

RSC Publishing | 2012 | 276pp | £121.99 (HB) | ISBN 9781849731850

Reviewed by Eiichi Fukada, Kobayasi Institute of Physical Research, Tokyo, Japan and Emeritus Scientist, RIKEN, Wako, Japan

The book originates from the activity of a BioElectricSurface consortium, funded by the European Commission under the FP-7 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) program and discusses the crucial role surface charge plays in the interaction between materials in biological and medical applications. The first part of the book covers new findings in biology, e.g. bone growth by charged hydroxyapatite and photocatalytic effect in doped titania and includes useful explanations of the many modern techniques used to create and measure electric charges at surfaces and intersurfaces.

The first part of the book contains some very useful information, such as discussion of the polarization of hydroxyapatite, which increased bone growth on the negative surface while no growth was observed on the positive surface, and commentary on the increased photocatalytic activity of doped titania . This section also concisely, but thoroughly, analyses thermally stimulated depolarization current methods,  the laser intensity modulation method of charge measurements, scanning probe, Kelvin probe force and electrostatic force microscopy, and the streaming potential measurement techniques used for wet cases. The techniques utilized for interfacial measurements, such as confocal laser scanning microscopy, are also covered in chapter 4.

Part 2 describes many practical examples in which the surface interactions play an essential role. For example, chapter 5 discusses immobilized enzymes on porous surfaces in biocatalysts, drug delivery, and biosensors, while chapter 6 goes on to describe improvement of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by the interactions of host tissue cells with the implant surface  Chapters 7, 8 and 9  discuss antibody immobilization on solid surfaces, adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of bone-forming cells with electrostatic charge at biomaterials surfaces and interactions of biofilm-forming bacteria with abiotic surfaces. Endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells on the biomaterials surfaces, interactions of bacteria and fungi on biofilms in hospital acquired infections and immunological response of electrostatic charge at the surface of biomaterials are covered in chapters 10, 11 and 12. Such elaborate discussions show the relevance of surface charge in biological interactions at and with non-biological surfaces and, I strongly believe, will provide a solid foundation for interested readers who are willing to bring innovative ideas of surface modifications to generate or control a specific biological response on implantable therapeutic devices.

Part 3 of the book is a logical progression from parts 1 and 2, and describes some of the important applications where surface charge is believed to play a significant role. These include: Community and hospital acquired infections of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), MRSA-resistant textiles, inhibition of encrustation in urological devices and the reduction of restenosis in cardiovascular stents.

The book finishes with a general overview of a new class of materials, named as vector materials, where the interfaces between biomaterial and biological environment can be manipulated by the application of vectorial effects induced by electrical polarization.

Surface charges are frequently experienced by the frictional electricity in textiles. The infection of bacteria and the restenosis of implanted stenosis are broadly concerned matters in the society. As a basic research, it is noteworthy that negatively charged hydroxyapatite induces new bone. The book shows that the study of electric charge in surfaces is important to understand the basic mechanism of all these matters. The many topics introduced in this book promises more rapid progress in future research.

The abbreviation of technical words sometime hinders the understanding of sentences, but the subject index at the end of the book helps greatly to solve this difficulty. The arrangement of chapters is also well ordered. The Editor’s kind efforts are appreciated.

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