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Thermodynamics, Structure, Solvent Role, and Properties


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Materials book series (BRIEFSMATERIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 1-5
  3. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 7-15
  4. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 17-36
  5. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 37-67
  6. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 69-81
  7. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 83-94
  8. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 95-104
  9. Jean-Michel Guenet
    Pages 105-117
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 119-122

About this book


This book provides a physics-oriented introduction to organogels with a comparison to polymer thermoreversible gels whenever relevant. The past decade has seen the development of a wide variety of newly-synthesized molecules that can spontaneously self-assemble or crystallize from their organic or aqueous solutions to produce fibrillar networks, namely organogels, with potential applications in organic electronics, light harvesting, bio-imaging, non-linear optics, and the like. This compact volume presents a detailed outlook of these novel molecular systems with special emphasis upon their thermodynamics, morphology, molecular structure, and rheology. The definition of these complex systems is also tackled, as well as the role of the solvent.  The text features numerous temperature-phase diagrams for a variety of organogels as well as illustrations of their structures at the microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic level. A review of some potential applications is provided including hybrid functional materials with polymers and with carbon nanotubes. Throughout, discussions of theoretical developments and experimental advances are written at a level suitable for beginning graduate students through practicing researchers.


Fibrillar Oganogels Gels Temperature-Phase Diagrams Hybrid Functional Materials Molecular Gels Low Molecular Weight Organogels Molecular Gels Molecular Gels Rheology Organogelation Organogels Crystalline Structure Organogels Morphology Organogels Solvent Role Organogels Thermodynamics Physical Basis of Organogelation Polymer Thermoreversible Gels

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS-Université de StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

About the authors

Professor Jean-Michel Guenet is Directeur de Recherche at CNRS and former head of the Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France, a CNRS-owned laboratory associated with the Université of Strasbourg. He has a degree in materials science engineering from Paris XIII University (1974), and obtained a PhD degree in 1980 at Université de Strasbourg (formerly Université Louis Pasteur). He spent a year at Bristol University, UK, under the guidance of Professor A. Keller as a post-doctoral fellow. He was a visiting scientist at NIST with Professor G.B. McKenna, Gaithersburg, USA, in 1985; a visiting professor at Université de Mons-Hainaut, Belgium, with Professor M. Dosière from 1995 to 2004; and an invited professor at Shizuoka University, Japan, with Professor H. Itagaki in 2002 and 2009. He has authored about 170 papers, and has also written two books on Thermoreversible Gelation of Polymers and Biopolymers (Academic Press, 1992), and on Polymer-solvent Molecular Compounds (Elsevier, 2008). In 1990, he was awarded the Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society for his work on polymer gels. He has also founded in 1996 of a series of conferences formerly entitled Polymer-solvent Complexes and Intercalates which has been renamed POLYSOLVAT in 2008. Since 2008 this series of conferences is sponsored by IUPAC as being one of its kind.

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