Over the last decade there has been rapid progress in the techniques used to characterize polymers. Not only has there been significant advances in established methods but entirely new techniques have been developed and as a result the polymer scientist is now faced with an ever expanding array of experimental tools for addressing both fundamental scientific and industrial problems. These developments have important implications in terms of the quality and type of information now obtainable. The aim of this book is to review this progress and to highlight the areas of research that have been made possible. Novel techniques, such as scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy, are introduced along with new experimental advances in well established techniques such as infrared spectroscopy. Instrumentation currently available is reviewed and recent developments in structural techniques are described, with the aim of presenting the current "state-of-the-art" in a selection of areas. This book should be of interest to senior undergraduates and graduates of material science, chemistry, physics and engineering; all industrial scientists and engineers involved with polymers.
A concise guide to the discipline...a key reference work. Properties and Testing; It is not often that a book sent for review becomes instantly useful. We had been pondering a problem in XPS curve fitting and derivatization when this book arrived on my desk together with its missive from the Book Review Editor about a timely response. Immediately heeding his request I wondered what new could be said about 'Characterization of Solid Polymers' and then noticed David Briggs had provided a Chapter on Surface Characterization. There on P 323 and 236 were the answers we needed as Briggs had produced the best XPS studies of ester functional polymers yet reported. A valuable book indeedRavi Polymer Division News; Overall, the scientific standard is high and the presentation is escellent - Polymer International; This volume is more than just a collection of reviews treating new techniques and developments in the characterization of solid polymers. The book is so well organized and consistent in style that one could easily believe that it was the product of single author instead of a joint effort by a team of experts....every chapter is similarly organized with sections devoted to the theory, instrumentation, and applications of each technique - Polymer News; In all cases, there is a helpful introduction to the metodology and experimentation, followed by some valuable applications....exciting new science in every chapter and a uniformly excellent standard of presentation....this book brings the reader up to date in eight major areas of polymer science where exceptional progress is now being made....It is comprehensive and authoritative, but never too discursive, so that the reader is stimulated and encouraged....It can be strongly recommended as an essentail read and a valuable reference book for those concerned in any way with polymer science and technology - Scanning: The Journal of Scanning Microscopies
Preface. Electron crystallography of linear polymers. New techniques in microscopy. X-ray studies using synchrotron radiation. Neutron scattering techniques. Mixed crystal infra-red spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy and mechanical properties. NMR spectroscopy of solid polymer systems. Polymer surface characterisation by XPS and SIMS.