TITLE: Functional Organic and Polymeric Materials: Molecular Functionality
AUTHOR: Tim H. Richardson
Describing exciting new developments in the field of organic molecular
materials which have transformed the use of materials in the modern world
in the last 20 years or so, the focal point of Functional Organic and Polymeric
Materials is the concept of `molecular functionality -- macroscopic reality'.
That is, the close relationships between the properties of isolated, discrete
molecules and those of assembled arrays of molecules in thin films or crystals.
Organic chemistry provides materials researchers with the wonderful
opportunity to design bulk materials whose properties at the macroscopic
level reflect closely the modelled or actual behaviour of individual molecules
or small arrays of molecules. The iterative `design-test-design' approach has
led in recent years to major advances in such fields as liquid crystals,
electroluminesent displays, sensors and organic conductors, to name but a
few. Indeed, it is extremely difficult in this new millennium to escape the
myriad applications of organic and polymeric materials: engineering plastics
are everywhere, electronic displays grace almost every consumer electronic
device, organic-based sensors are widespread, and our world is marvellously
colourful, thanks mostly to organic dyes, paints and inks.
The book is aimed at molecular materials researchers who wish to broaden
their knowledge of the discipline and those about to enter the field. Indeed
it is hoped that the latter group of scientists sense some of the excitement
and fascination concerned with organic materials which is felt by the authors.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Molecular Functionality Macroscopic Reality (T. Richardson).
Organic Thin-Film Deposition Techniques (M. Petty).
Liquid Crystals as Functional Molecular Materials (D. Dunmur & L. Farrand).
Thermotropic Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers (D. Lacey).
Langmuir Monolayers (I. Peterson).
The Formation of Organized Molecular Assemblies via Spontaneous Adsorption:
Monolayers to Multilayers (S. Evans & L. Williams).
Langmuir-Blodgett Films: From Deposition to Application (T. Richardson).
Conduction in Conjugated Molecular Materials (A. Campbell).
Conductivity and Structural Organization of Macromolecular Polyether Alkali
Metal Salt Complexes (P. Wright & Y. Zheng).
Organic Photochromism: Spiro Compounds as Functional Molecules (M. Srinivasan).
Organic Second-Order Non-Linear Optical Materials (P. Skabara).
Third-Order Effects and Applications (F. Kajzar & J. Nunzi).
Organic Electroluminescence (A. Hudson & M. Weaver).