The book is designed to appeal to advanced undergraduates and graduate students
in chemistry, materials science,and chemical engineering departments, by leading
them stepwise from the elementary chemistry on which materials science depends,
through a discussion of the different classes of materials, and ending with
a description of how materials are used in devices and general technology.
The book is divided into three sections. The first part consists of four introductory
chapters - (1) What is materials chemistry? (2) Fundamental principles that
underlie the subject, (3) Basic synthesis and reaction chemistry, and (4) Structure
determination and special techniques for materials characterization.
These chapters deal with basic chemistry that should be familiar to juniors,
seniors and graduate students. At the same time this section introduces topics
that the student may not have encountered before, such as materials characterization
methods and principles of materials synthesis.
The second section provides an introduction to the various classes of materials.
Different chapters deal with small molecules in solids, organic and inorganic
polymers, glasses and ceramics, metals, and with alloys and composite materials.
In these chapters the aim is to show how different types of materials are produced,
and why they possess specific combinations of properties. The emphasis is on
the chemistry rather than the physics or engineering.
In the third section the foregoing subject matter is employed to examine how
different materials are used in technology. Here, the eight chapters cover important
topics such as semiconductors, superconductors, solid ionic conductors, membranes,
optical and photonic materials, surface science, biomedical materials, and nanoscience
and nanotechnology. These chapters bring together the principles and topics
covered in the earlier chapters to illustrate how different devices make use
of a wide variety of different materials, and how the technology requires an
understanding of many different aspects of the field rather than a narrow focus
on one specialty. The chapters in this section are meant to prepare students
for careers that in many cases will be weighted toward the design and development
of devices in the medical, communications, aerospace, and other advanced technology
An Appendix is provided at the end of the book to explain materials-related
terminology that may be unfamiliar to the student. Each chapter will contain
questions for class discussions or essays.
Introduction to Materials Chemistry will appeal to advanced undergraduates
and graduate students in chemistry, materials science,and chemical engineering
by leading them stepwise from the elementary chemistry on which materials science
depends, through a discussion of the different classes of materials, and ending
with a description of how materials are used in devices and general technology.