The Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials

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The Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials

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9780080406060: The Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials

In 1986, Michael Bever's "Encyclopedia of Materials Science and engineering" defined the field of Materials Science. Since then research into how, by an adjustment to its molecular structure, the properties of a material can be adapted to perform specific applications has greatly increased. "The Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials" defines the parameters of this new area of study, taking into account the many different views and perspectives encountered in research and thinking in the field, as well as emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. Advanced Materials are defined as those where first consideration is given to the systematic synthesis and control of the structure of the material in order to provide a precisely tailored set of properties for demanding applications. Articles cover the composition, structure, applications and processing/synthesis of advanced materials together with treatments of the characterization, properties and phenomena of advanced materials as a group. Alphabetically organized, the work consists of approximately 600 articles in four volumes, each about 700 pages in length. A list of contributors, a three-level subject index and a systematic outline are also be included.

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Advanced materials are artifically produced materials that have been "fabricated by the use of skill" and "tailored to endow specific properties to meet the requirements of particular applications." Researchers have learned how to manipulate the microstructure of known materials to produce advanced materials that possess unique properties.

Many will wonder why it is necessary to have another expensive encyclopedia on materials when there is the well-respected, comprehensive Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Engineering (MIT, 1986) (EMSE), which is periodically supplemented with new material. Before saying no to a new encyclopedia on this topic, it should be understood that the field of materials science is a fast-developing one. New products and processes are being developed throughout the world. Thus the Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials (EAM), which provides definitions and discussions of the vocabulary of advanced materials. Some of this information can be found in EMSE but in a broader context; EAM provides the more in-depth information needed by the researcher.

The 518 signed articles in the encyclopedia cover such topics as Aerogel Catalysts, Biomedical Polymers, Color in Ceramics, Fast Ion Conduction in Ceramics, Hydrogels, Metal Matrix Composites, Oligomers, Polymer Blends, and Thin-Film Batteries. These well-researched, comprehensive articles are written for those who understand this highly technical field, not for laypersons. There is ample use of photographs, charts, diagrams, and other illustrative matter as well as bibliographies. An extensive cross-referencing system provides both in-text and end-of-text references. To further aid the user, a classified list groups articles under broad subject headings that reflect the structure and hierarchy of the materials field (e.g., Metals Processing and Fabrication, Fundamental Physical Metallurgy, Films and Coatings, etc.). The subject index is an excellent aid, containing some 30,000 indexed terms. An alphabetical list of contributors notes their affiliations and the titles of the articles they wrote.

EAM is an important reference source that will be used in technical, research, and engineering libraries and laboratories, as well as in large academic libraries where the latest information on advanced materials and new technologies in this field is needed. However, if need for this information is marginal, and the Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Engineering is already on the shelf, the Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials may not be a necessary purchase.

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1994 The four volumes complement the previous Encyclopedia and represent the first and only complete treatment of this subject. This Encyclopedia will provide a valuable fundamental source of information for a very broad range of materials, techniques and applications. Approximately 550 articles contained in this Encyclopedia have been commissioned and written. The articles have been contributed by acknowledged experts in the field to provide complete coverage of all aspects of Advanced Materials. -- Industrial Ceramics Volume 14

24/5/95 Reflecting the need for updated information about all types of materials, this set builds on the standard Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Engineering.... Entries include 30,000 alphabetically arranged classified and subject terms as well as cross-references. Readers will have no difficulty finding their topics. Users...will find this set helpful... -- Choice

December 1995 ...the articles are a pleasure to read, the coverage is thorough, yet not too detailed. The books contain a wealth of tables and figures and the illustrations are first-class...this work is very good source of background information and should be a welcome addition to academic and technical libraries. It will be useful for those who wish to be generally informed about new technologies in the field of advanced materials. -- Ute Anton, Euromaterials

November 1995 As a solid-state scientists with an interest in materials synthesis, characterization and utilization, I found this four-volume, 3000-page Encyclopedia of Advanced Materials well organized. It covered every topic that my group and I could think to search for, as well as many more that we discovered on browsing through the text. Each topic is covered at a level appropriate to an intelligent scientist who wants to know something about an unfamiliar topic. At least in the areas with which I am familiar, most of the authors are at the forefront of research in their fields and are articulate and clear...the encyclopedia is well worth having in your library reference section.... David Bloor, Richard Brook, Merston Flemings and Sughash Majajan...have done a superb job. -- Francis DiSalvo, Physics Today

October 1995 I tried very hard to find something I could consider an 'advanced material' not referred to and failed. The index, with over 20,000 terms is reliable and articles are cross-referenced as you might expect in a publication of this nature. The bibliographers following each article are an excellent source of further information. The text layout is clear and the figures are generally of a high quality. -- Materials World

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