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Noted Clarkson Researcher Edits New Book on Responsive Polymers

The 14 chapter compilation is authored by leading polymer researchers from around the world. These researchers offer practical insights into the latest developments in responsive polymers, i.e. polymers engineered to alter structure and properties in response to environmental inputs. The book features original design, methodological and application data.

There is important new material in the book which will help chemists, biochemists and electronic engineers better understand and characterize molecular and submolecular assemblies that enable the fabrication of switch-driven polymer systems.

The book demonstrates how the properties of responsive polymers such as morphology, wetting behavior, adhesion, roughness, permeability, etc., can be modified to create and improve biomedical devices, chemical sensors, microfluidic devices, drug delivery systems, adhesion systems and self-regulating colloids.

Minko's own research also focuses on the areas of smart/responsive polymer materials, smart colloids, nanostructured thin polymer films, formation of nanowires and nanoparticles, adhesion, wetting, adsorption regulations and single molecule devices.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y. is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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