About the Book In The Structure of Materials, Allen and Thomas develop universal structural descriptors for the states of condensed matter that comprise materials: liquids, glasses, crystals, liquid crystals, and quasicrystals. They present and copiously illustrate many examples of detailed atomic arrangements and bonding for both organic and inorganic materials. Structure's connection to material properties and processing is treated along with important technological applications. Hierarchical structures spanning the nano- to macro-scale and their relevance in commercial materials are depicted. The authors describe in detail all forms of symmetry and their consequences for physical properties. Imperfections in both crystalline and liquid-crystalline materials and their strong influence on properties are also discussed. The hundreds of illustrations, worked example problems, and numerous exercises demonstrate the application of the principles of structure to a variety of material types. All readers-from students to researchers newly entering the field of materials science and engineering-will benefit from the broad coverage of topics, extensive references, and additional reading suggestions.
A textbook for an undergraduate, usually sophomore, course for engineering students with a year of calculus and physics and at least a semester each of chemistry and biology under their belts. Defines and describes the three states of solid condensed matter<-->glasses, crystals, and liquid crystals<-->and develops a single set of structural descriptors to describe all of them. The approach is designed to prepare students better than conventional ones for how future materials scientists and engineers will need to think about materials in order to select and use them most advantageously. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.