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Phase transitions in polymers : the role of metastable states

Author: Stephen Z D Cheng
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A classical metastable state possesses a local free energy minimum at infinite sizes, but not a global one. This concept is phase size independent. We have studied a number of experimental results and proposed a new concept that there exists a wide range of metastable states in polymers on different length scales where their metastability is critically determined by the phase size and dimensionality. Metastable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Z D Cheng
ISBN: 0444519114 9780444519115
OCLC Number: 671532755
Notes: Versement en lot.
Description: 1 online resource (1 texte électronique)
Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transitions. 3. Concepts of metastable states. 4. Metastable states in phase transitions of polymers. 5. Metastable states observed due to phase transformation kinetics in polymers. 6. Interdependence of metastable states on different length scales in polymers. 7. Outlook --
A Personal View. Index.
Responsibility: Stephen Z.D. Cheng.

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