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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Howard K. Zimmerman

First Committee Member

Herschel Frye

Second Committee Member

Carl E. Wulfman

Third Committee Member

Neil L. Lark

Fourth Committee Member

Emerson G. Cobb


A major problem confronting every investigator who works with synthetic organic chemistry is that of the crystallization of the products obtained. This problem necessitates extensive attention both on the experimental and on the theoretical level. In order to gain an understanding of the behavior of substances in the liquid state, so as to be better able to manipulate them in procedures intended to induce crystallization from complex mixtures, considerable attention has been given to various models of the liquid state. An understanding of the nature of pure liquids would seem to be an essential prelude to any attempt to understand the behavior of complex mixtures from which one component is to be separated. Since viscous liquids are sometimes in a state of incipient crystallization, or else represent systems which especially resist crystallization (e.g., sirups, glasses, etc.), a study of the capillary behavior of such liquids is of theoretical as well as practical interest.

Aside from the insight into the microscopic structure of liquids which may be gained from theoretical interpretations of viscosity measurements, knowledge of viscous flow properties is important in many hydrodynamic problems. The viscosities of solutions of high polymers depend upon the sizes and shapes of the molecules in solution and thus provide a useful method for the study of polymer configurations.



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