This valuable reference bridges the widening gap between the knowledge about the use of polymers in the cosmetics industry and the greater understanding of polymeric behavior necessary for continuing research and development.
Clearly describes the fundamentals of polymer science in relation to topical systems, paying special attention to formulating polymer groups commonly used in personal care products and topical behavior in potential new applications! Providing both a solid grounding in polymer science for novices to the field and fresh insights for experienced researchers, Principles of Polymer Science and Technology in Cosmetics and Personal Care.
· Introduces fundamentals of polymers, including their classification, molecular weight definitions, thermodynamics, rheology, and properties in the solid and semi-solid state
· Presents a glossary of more than 50 terms commonly used in polymer science
· Discusses theories of polymer adsorption and colloid interaction forces in terms of DLVO theory
· Illustrates properties of polymeric surfactants using Flory-Huggins theory and current concepts of solvent quality, as well as emulsion stabilization by interfacial and bulk rheological effects
· Details methods for analyzing interactions with surfactants involving the main types of polymers-ionic, nonionic, proteinacious, and "hydrophobic"
· Covers nontheoretical aspects of four key formulating polymer groups-silicones, proteins, polysaccharides, and synthetic polymers-and their various applications
· Summarizes practical methods for measuring the adsorption of conditioning polymers and for evaluating the properties of conditioned hair
· Clarifies plant and animal sources of proteins in personal care, including protein contaminants such as bovine spongiphorm encephalopathy (BSE) and more!
Including a notable appendix-an "Encyclopedia of Polymers in Cosmetics," complementing the recently released Seventh Edition of the Ingredients Dictionary-and over 300 illustrations, more than 80 equations, and over 1000 references, Principles of Polymer Science and Technology in Cosmetics and Personal Care is a fundamental resource for polymer scientists and formulation chemists; cosmetic scientists and technologists; physical chemists; surface and colloid chemists; and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.