This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to the paradigm of biosurfaces and biomaterials through experts working in the arena of interfacing materials with bio-engineering. Starting with the concepts of biomaterials, the book builds upon the real-life applications elucidating the contrasting requirements of materials in their interfaces with biological environment. A birdseye overview of critical requirements is provided, followed by a description of the fundamental mechanisms of protein adsorption, platelet and cell-adhesion. Case studies on mechanical properties, and laser engineering of surfaces that fulfill the critical requirements in constructing successful implants are included. The concept of non-wetting, required especially for anti-biofouling surfaces, via super-hydrophobicity will be discussed. Ethics, legal issues, and a perspective on the future of the biomaterials field conclude the book.
A detailed treatment of information relating to fluid-oxide interfaces. It outlines methods for quantifying adsorption and desorption of polymeric and non-polymeric solutes at the gas- and solution-oxide interfaces. It also analyzes novel properties of oxide membranes and the synthesis and dissolution of oxide solids.
This volume provides an introduction to dessins d'enfants and embeddings of bipartite graphs in compact Riemann surfaces. The first part of the book presents basic material, guiding the reader through the current field of research. A key point of the second part is the interplay between the automorphism groups of dessins and their Riemann surfaces, and the action of the absolute Galois group on dessins and their algebraic curves. It concludes by showing the links between the theory of dessins and other areas of arithmetic and geometry, such as the abc conjecture, complex multiplication and Beauville surfaces.
This book describes an advanced computer-based options trading system for which we can prove that it should outperform the market averages with a relatively low risk--including its analysis, design, implementation, operation and maintenance.
The Neural Surfer Diary is an intimate look at waves, philosophy, science, religion, and other personal matters. It covers the period from 1999 to 2001 and contains Professor David Christopher Lane's ruminations on a variety of topics. From the Introduction: "wish I could admit to being as frank and as disarming as Errol Flynn was in his wonderful memoir, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, but alas I don't have such courage. Whereas Flynn was willing to show many sides of his octagonal character (to crib one of his more insightful metaphors), I have tended to show merely two or three window panes into my soul. As for the other parts, I have consciously left them opaque. I don't think writing, as such, is an honest adventure. I think rather it is way to create (or in this instance "re-create") a narrative that can somehow make sense out of the twists and turns of one's often random course through life.
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