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Reserve Texts In Middleton Library. You must ask for these by call number. Starred entries have served as textbooks for this course in the past and, therefore, may be of special interest.

QD381.e.4313 Elias, MegaMolecules, Springer Verlag (1987).

QD381.h52 P. C. Hiemenz, Polymer Chemistry--The Basic Concepts, Marcel Dekker, Inc. (1984).

QD381.H52 2007 P.C. Hiemenz and T. P. Lodge, Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition, CRC Press (2006).  This is a very good text. 

QD381547.7 R. J. Young, Introduction to Polymers, Chapman & Hall (1981,83). Includes morphology & some elementary rheology. Not a bad book to fall asleep reading at bedtime, but polymer books are generally poorer choices for this purpose than, say, organic chemistry texts.

QD281P6F58 P. J. Flory, Principles of Polymer Chemistry. The Bible. Written in 1953, by eventual Nobelist, it is still very valuable. Many of the seminal ideas in polymer science are found here. Like all Flory work, it is lucidly written. The notation is something of a standard.

QD471T24C Tanford, Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, Wiley (1961). Tanford is a solid book that clearly presents the basics. Despite its age, it is still often cited. The notation and symbols are sometimes non-standard, but do not let this get in your way.

QD381B52 F. W. Billmeyer, Textbook of Polymer Science. Useful at times. More information about polymers as materials than some others.

QD381H.Y36 Yamakawa, Modern Theory of Polymer Solutions (out of print now). If you like lots of equations, are interested mostly in dilute solutions, and already know something of the subject, here is your text! Have a look.  This classic book is now on-line.

QH505 K. E. Van Holde, Physical Biochemistry. A pocket size book, slicker than Tanford with much of the same information in a highly appealing form. Try reading this whenever nothing else makes sense. Strongly recommended.

QD471.M65b  H. Morawetz, Macromolecules in Solution. Sort of a cross between Tanford and Billmeyer. Less development more results-oriented. A good place to check before embarking on a new line of research, since there are polymer-specific results and lots of references to the old literature.

TA455  J. D. Ferry, Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers. We will refer to this book when and if we get to viscoelastic behavior. It is comprehensively written by the pioneer in the field.

QD471.F664 P. J. Flory, Statistical Mechannics of Chain Molecules. The title is very descriptive. How to predict the behavior of macromolecules. We won't do too much with it, but look anyway.

QD381.G45  P. G. de Gennes, Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics. A collection of thoughts from one of the most imaginative minds in modern polymer science. In vivid contrast to Flory or Yamakawa, de Gennes' approach is always simple--on the surface. The ideas that launched the "French Revolution" polymer science and helped de Gennes win a Nobel prize in Physics are presented.

QD381.R52  E. G. Richards, An Introduction to Physical Properties of Large Molecules in Solution, Cambridge Univ. Press (1981). This is a tersely written book, with few flashy figures. Yet it provides very valuable insights, is cheap, and has some good problems.

QH345.C36 C. R. Cantor and P. R. Schimmel, Biophysical Chemistry, Parts I - III. This is a fantastic series of books with extremely lucid explanations of many aspects of polymer chemistry. Oriented towards the biopolymer community, it nevertheless provides valuable insights for polymers in general, and it is highly recommended.

 TP 1180 T5 B26 D. G. Baird,  Polymer Processing: Principles and Design. A "not-very-mathematical" treatment of polymer processing. 

ISBN:  1-56676-152-2.Paul C. Painter and Michael M. Coleman, Fundamentals of Polymer Science An Introductory Text, ,Technomic, Lancaster-Basel, 1994. 


The Chemistry Library has a pretty fair selection of polymer-oriented books. I strongly recommend everyone to just stroll into the library and look at the titles on the shelves, beginning at about QD380. Also, check out the Polymer Handbook and Encyclopedia of Polymer Science.

EVERYONE in this class should at least scan the Chemistry Library's numerous macromolecular journals. If nothing else, this will drive home the differences between Macromolecular science and more routine areas of chemistry. Even though you have studied Chemistry for four years, you will see unusual plots, learn new terms, and sense the multidisciplinary nature of this subject. Literature study will also highlight the differences between new research and the relatively established concepts learned in an introductory course. The volume of Macromolecular literature published these days is truly awesome. If you are a graduate student interested in polymers, you should join ACS today and subscribe to Macromolecules. Actually, I have recently dropped my Macromolecules subscription in favor of having LSU’s Reveal service send me table of contents of several journals by e-mail. You may wish to try this option.

 Useful journals:

Macromolecules; Macromolecular Chemistry (formerly Die Makromolekularie Chemie); Biopolymers; J. Polymer Science (all editions, but especially the Polymer Physics Edition); Polymer; Eur. Polym. J.; Brit. Polym. J.; J. Chem. Phys.; J. Colloid and Interface Science, Langmuir, Biophysical Journal, Faraday Transactions II; Physics Review Letters and Physics Review "E". The latter two are located in Middleton library.




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