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Thermodynamics is the foundation of many-body physics and thus of physical chemistry and material science as well. Today new sources of useful energy, energy storage, transport and conversion, requiring development of novel technology, are of rapidly increasing importance. This development strongly affects modern industry. Thus, thermodynamics will have to be given more prominence in the science curriculum in colleges and universities - something that is attempted in this book. The structure of this text is simple and transparent, enabling the easy mapping of the text onto a one-semester course syllabus and the attendant study. There are 8 chapters total and one three-part appendix. Throughout the text the student finds numerous examples (solved problems) reaching from cosmic to molecular evolution or from cloud formation to Bose condensation.


Two Fundamental Laws of Nature.- Thermodynamic Functions.- Equilibrium and Stability.- Simple Phase Diagrams.- Microscopic Interactions.- Thermodynamics and Molecular Simulation.- Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics.


Reinhard Hentschke got his PhD degree in 1987 at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA. Afterwards he held postdoc positions at the Department of Chemistry, Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, New York, USA, and at the Department of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Massachusetts USA. From 1990-1999 he was a staff scientist and project coordinator at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. In 1996 he got the Habilitation and venia legendi in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Ever since 1999 he is Professor of theoretical physics (statistical mechanics of soft matter/chemical physics) at the Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Germany.
His research interests have frequently straddled the boundary between physics and chemis­try. Early work as a Master and PhD student has focussed on surface physics dealing with topics in molecule/ion-surface collision and surface phase transitions. During his postdoctoral years the focus has shifted to theoretical physical chemistry of reversible molecular aggrega­tion as found in micellar and protein systems and the attendant liquid crystalline phase be­haviour. As a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research he has concen­trated on computer modelling of polymers.
Over the past ten years, as a professor of physics, his work has been a synthesis of these earlier fields of work. Recently his group has concentrated on (a) the theoretical investigation of sorption in polymer networks using computer simulation methods and lattice theory; (b) reversible self-assembly and phase behaviour of equilibrium polymers using again a combi­nation of computer simulation and analytical theory; (c) the dielectric properties in conjunc­tion with the structural phase behaviour of dipolar fluids; (d) the development of computer algorithms for molecular modelling; (e) dynamical properties of filled elastomers.


From the reviews:

"As part of the ‘Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics’ series, this book is meant to support and complement undergraduate instruction on the topic. … provides several nicely worked-out problems fostering a deeper understanding of thermodynamics. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." (H. Giesche, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)
EAN: 9783642367106
ISBN: 3642367100
Untertitel: For Physicists, Chemists and Materials Scientists. 'Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics'. 150 s/w Abbildungen. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2013
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Format: kartoniert
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