Description 
1 online resource (xviii, 151 pages) 
Series 
Theoretical and mathematical physics, 18645879 

Theoretical and mathematical physics (Springer (Firm))

Contents 
Part 1. Dewetting  Introduction  Statistical Mechanics of Thin Films  From Classical Liquids to Polymers  Part 2. Polymer Flow  Hydrodynamics of Thin Viscous Films  Viscoelastic Thin Films  Conclusions and Outlook 
Summary 
This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films haven proven to be an invaluable experimental model system. What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting, warranting a whole book? There are several answers to this. Firstly, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications, and with the increase in the number of technologies available to produce and to study them, this range is likely to expand. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films. Secondly, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic. Interdisciplinary research is surely not an end to itself, but in this case it leads to a fairly heterogeneous community of theoretical and experimental physicists, engineers, physical chemists, mathematicians and others working on the topic. It justifies attempting to write a text which aims at a coherent, theoretical presentation of the field which researchers across their specialised communities might be interested in. And finally, thin liquid films are an interesting laboratory for a theorist to confront a wellestablished theory, hydrodynamics, with its limits. Liquids at surfaces take notice of the surface they are placed upon, and this is reflected in their dynamics. And the polymers, when confined to thin films, can imprint molecular properties on the film dynamics. The material in the book is arranged in two Parts. Part I covers the basics of wetting and dewetting phenomena, and is of interest to researchers working in the field also outside of polymeric systems. It can be read as a brief introduction into the theory of wetting phase transitions. Part II delves exclusively into polymeric thin films, their mathematical description, and the confrontation with experiment. The present book attempts to bridge between the 'light' and the 'rigorous', always with the ambition to enhance insight and understanding  and to not let go the elegance of the theory 
Analysis 
Physics 

Chemistry, Physical organic 

Polymers 

Surfaces (Physics) 

Surface and Interface Science, Thin Films 

Physical Chemistry 

Surfaces and Interfaces, Thin Films 

Soft and Granular Matter, Complex Fluids and Microfluidics 

Polymer Sciences 

Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Subject 
Liquid films  Surfaces.

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
9789400744554 (electronic bk.) 

9400744552 (electronic bk.) 
