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New textbooks at all levels of chemistry appear with great regularity. Some fields like basic biochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, and chemical thermody namics are well represented by many excellent texts, and new or revised editions are published sufficiently often to keep up with progress in research. However, some areas of chemistry, especially many of those taught at the graduate level, suffer from a real lack of up-to-date textbooks. The most serious needs occur in fields that are rapidly changing. Textbooks in these subjects usually have to be written by scientists actually involved in the research which is advancing the field. It is not often easy to persuade such individuals to set time aside to help spread the knowledge they have accumulated. Our goal, in this series, is to pinpoint areas of chemistry where recent progress has outpaced what is covered in any available textbooks, and then seek out and persuade experts in these fields to produce relatively concise but instructive introductions to their fields. These should serve the needs of one semester or one quarter graduate courses in chemistry and biochemistry. In some cases, the availability of texts in active research areas should help stimulate the creation of new courses.Students can enter the realm of membrane research from almost any direction, as physicists or genetic engineers or almost anything in between. ... The book should be useful for graduate-level courses or for self-guided reading in the broad area of membrane structure and ... tried to bring some perspective to an awesome body of work by showing how research studies in diverse areas are related to each other and to ... Many friends and colleagues were kind to read portions of Preface.

Author:Robert B. Gennis
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-04-17


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