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David Segal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804079.001.0001

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Everyday Products

Everyday Products

The Role of Materials

(p.99) 12 Everyday Products
Materials for the 21st Century

David Segal

Oxford University Press

Chapter 12 describes material aspects of everyday products. For example, the role of nanoparticles in sunscreens. It also covers surfactants and their role in micelles in washing-up liquids. The role of nanotechnology in cosmetics is stressed. The surprising use of hydrogels in disposable nappies (diapers) and the role of microstructure in sweets such as hard candy (boiled sweets) are described. Other everyday products include breathable garments, stainless steel and acrylic textiles.

Keywords:   sunscreens, surfactants, cosmetics, disposable nappies, diapers, acrylic textiles, boiled sweets, breathable garments, stainless steel

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