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Gels Handbook (Hardcover)
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This major reference work, covering the important materials science
area of gels, is a translation of a Japanese handbook. The
three-volume set is organized to cover the following: fundamentals,
functions, and environmental issues. Gels Handbook also contains an
appendix, complete references, and data on gel compounds.
Recently, polymer gels have attracted many scientific researchers,
medical doctors, and pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural
engineers to the rapidly growing field. Gels are considered to be
one of the most promising materials in the 21st Century. They are
unique in that they are soft, gentle, and can sense and accommodate
environmental changes. Because of these unique characteristics gels
have a huge potential in technological and medical applications.
They are irreplaceable in the separation of molecules, the release
of drugs, artificial skins and organs, sensors, actuators, chemical
memories, and many other applications.
The 21st century is also said to be the century of biotechnology,
where two kinds of biopolymers play crucial roles: DNA as a bearer
information and proteins as molecular machines. In spite of the
dramatic progress in molecular biology and the Human Genome
project, the basic principles behind the function and design of
such polymeric machines are in the black box. Science and
technologies that will emerge from those of polymer gels will shed
light on such principles.
Some researchers have already developed prototypes of artificial
glands (pancreas), artificial muscles and actuators, and chemical
sensors and molecular recovery systems using polymer gels.
The Gels Handbook is an invaluable source of information on
thisrapidly growing field. It covers the entire area from the
scientific basics to the applications of the materials. The authors
are among the leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and patent
officers in Japan. This book can be used as a textbook or an
encyclopedia and is a must for those involved in gel research or
* Comprehensive coverage of a popular topic in materials
* Is the first english-language gels handbook
* Includes numerous figures, tables, and photos
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