By S. Hyde, Z. Blum, T. Landh, S. Lidin, B.W. Ninham, S. Andersson, K. Larsson
This e-book develops the thesis that constitution and serve as in numerous condensed structures - from the atomic assemblies in inorganic frameworks and natural molecules, via molecular self-assemblies to proteins - should be unified while curvature and floor geometry are taken including molecular form and forces. An remarkable number of man made and organic assemblies could be thoroughly modelled and understood by way of hyperbolic surfaces, whose richness and wonder are just now being printed through utilized mathematicians, physicists, chemists and crystallographers. those surfaces, frequently as regards to periodic minimum surfaces, weave and twist via area, carving out interconnected labyrinths whose variety of topologies and symmetries problem the resourceful powers.
The booklet deals an summary of those buildings and structural differences, convincingly demonstrating their ubiquity in covalent frameworks from zeolites used for cracking oil and toxins keep watch over to enzymes and structural proteins, thermotropic and lyotropic bicontinuous mesophases shaped via surfactants, detergents and lipids, artificial block copolymer and protein networks, in addition to organic mobile assemblies, from muscle mass to membranes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The relation among constitution and serve as is analysed by way of the formerly ignored
hidden variables of curvature and topology. therefore, the catalytic task of zeolites and enzymes, the very best fabric houses of interpenetrating networks in microstructured polymer composites, the shipping specifications in cells, the transmission of nerve indications and the folding of DNA might be extra simply understood within the gentle of this.
The textual content is liberally sprinkled with figures and color plates, making it obtainable to either the start graduate pupil and researchers in condensed topic physics and chemistry, mineralogists, crystallographers and biologists.