Soft and Biological Matter

Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Confined Soft Matter

Irreversible Adsorption, Physical Aging and Glass Transition at the Nanoscale

Editors: Napolitano, Simone (Ed.)

  • Presents the state of the art on the phenomena of nano-confinement for a large class of polymers and low molecular weight glass formers
  • Shows how confinement effects are related to non-equilibrium phases
  • Collects the latest and most important experiments and simulations on nanoconfined systems
  • Features contributions from some of the most active and respected researchers in the field
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About this book

This book deals with those properties of non-equilibrium soft matter that deviate greatly from the bulk properties as a result of nanoscale confinement.The ultimate physical origin of these confinement effects is not yet fully understood. At the state of the art, the discussion on confinement effects focuses on equilibrium properties, finite size effects and interfacial interactions. However this is a limited vision which does not fully capture the peculiar behaviour of soft matter under confinement and some exotic phenomena that are displayed. This volume will be organized in the following three main themes. Equilibration and physical aging: treating non-equilibrium via the formal methodology of statistical physics in bulk, we analyse physical origin of the non-equilibrium character of thin polymer. We then focus on the impact of nanoconfinement on the equilibration of glasses of soft matter (a process of tremendous technological interest, commonly known as physical aging), comparing the latest trends of polymers in experiments, simulations with those of low-molecular weight glass formers. Irreversible adsorption: the formation of stable adsorbed layers occurs at timescales much larger than the time necessary to equilibrate soft matter in bulk. Recent experimental evidence show a strong correlation between the behaviour of polymers under confinement and the presence of a layer irreversibly adsorbed onto the substrate. This correlation hints at the possibility to tailor the properties of ultrathin films by controlling the adsorption kinetics. The book reports physical aspects of irreversible chain adsorption, such as the dynamics, structure, morphology, and crystallization of adsorbed layers. Glass transition and material properties: this section of the book focuses on the spread of absolute values in materials properties of confined systems, when measured by different experimental and computation techniques and a new method to quantify the effects of confinement in thin films and nanocomposites independently on the investigation procedure will be presented.

About the authors

Prof. Napolitano graduated in Materials Science from the University of Pisa in 2005 and two years after he received a PhD in Polymer Physics from KULeuven. After an appointment as postdoctoral researcher at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), in 2011 he joined the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he holds a faculty position and leads the Laboratory of Polymers and Soft Matter Dynamics. His current research focuses on the molecular origin of the glass transition and the correlation between structure and dynamics in polymers and small molecules under nanoscopic confinement.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • History Dependent Temporal Changes of Properties of Thin Polymer Films

    Reiter, Günter

    Pages 3-23

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  • Equilibrium Pathway of Ultrathin Polymer Films as Revealed by Their Surface Dynamics

    Geng, Kun (et al.)

    Pages 25-46

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  • Structural Relaxation of Confined Glassy Polymers

    Guo, Yunlong (et al.)

    Pages 47-88

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  • Understanding Physical Aging in Ultrathin Polymer Films via Molecular Simulations

    Tang, Qiyun (et al.)

    Pages 89-108

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  • Kinetics of Irreversible Adsorption of Polymer Melts onto Solid Substrates

    Housmans, Caroline (et al.)

    Pages 111-128

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Hardcover 135,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Non-equilibrium Phenomena in Confined Soft Matter
Book Subtitle
Irreversible Adsorption, Physical Aging and Glass Transition at the Nanoscale
Editors
  • Simone Napolitano
Series Title
Soft and Biological Matter
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21948-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21948-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21947-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37291-4
Series ISSN
2213-1736
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
60 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour
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