Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 13, pp 9363–9367 | Cite as

David R. Gaskell and David E. Laughlin: Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials

6th Edition, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2017
  • Pedro H. C. CamargoEmail author
Book Review
Thermodynamics is of paramount importance in chemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science. It comprises studies from molecular systems to materials, possessing a wide range of applicability. One example is nanoscience, in which thermodynamics allows for the understanding of several concepts involved in the chemical synthesis and properties of nanomaterials. This includes nucleation processes (Fig.  1a) [ 1], stabilization, facet-dependent surface energies (Fig.  1b) [ 2], surface interactions, and catalytic activities. More broadly, the laws of thermodynamics provide us with the toolbox to unravel interactions and phenomena that take place in the universe. In this context, the book Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials, 6th ed., by David R. Gaskell and David E. Laughlin, presents an excellent discussion of thermodynamics in the field of materials [ 3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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