QD381.e.4313 Elias, MegaMolecules, Springer Verlag
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
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.
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
TP 1180 T5 B26 D. G. Baird, Polymer Processing: Principles and Design.
A "not-very-mathematical" treatment of polymer processing.
C. Painter and Michael M. Coleman,
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
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 LSUs Reveal service send me table of contents of
several journals by e-mail. You may wish to try this option.
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.