Interfacial Science: An Introduction

Interfacial Science: An Introduction


By (author) Geoffrey Barnes, By (author) Ian Gentle

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 184mm x 238mm x 16mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199278822
  • ISBN 13: 9780199278824
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones, graphs, line drawings and tables
  • Sales rank: 1,049,538

Product description

Interfacial science impacts on our lives in diverse and surprising ways. Without it, we would face bubble bath without the bubbles, detergents which don't clean, cappuccinos without the froth. It has also fuelled some of the most ground-breaking and thought-provoking advances in research in the last decade, from biosciences to nanotechnology. "Interfacial Science: An Introduction" offers an engaging insight into the study of the physical and chemical properties of interfaces, how they behave, why they behave as they do, and how this behaviour can be harnessed and exploited. Opening with an overview of the key principles of capilliarity and adsorption, the book goes on to explore liquid/gas, solid/gas, and liquid/liquid interfaces, before examining biological interfaces, one of the most stimulating areas of current research. With the careful explanation of essential mathematical and physical concepts, and description of real world applications of the material presented, the book helps the student to build confidence in, and see the relevance of, the topics covered. Striking a careful balance between the highly mathematical treatments of the subject by more specialist texts, and the rudimentary treatment offered by general physical chemistry texts, "Interfacial Science: An Introduction" offers a breadth and depth of treatment which is perfect for any advanced undergraduate course on this exciting, dynamic subject. The Companion Web Site contains: figures from the book available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation; and, solutions to end-of-chapter problems, to speed up assessment marking, or to support student self-learning.

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Author information

Dr Geoffrey Barnes is an Honorary Research Consultant and Dr Ian Gentle is a Reader in Chemistry, both at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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The knowledge of physical chemistry included particularly in Chapter I (Introduction), Chapter III (Adsorption and thermodynamics of surfaces), Chapter V (Insoluble monolayers and L-B films) is presented clearly and understandable. Lots of references have been provided at the end of each chapter and they are very useful especially for lecture preparation. It is the best book I have ever read. Barbara Urasinska-Wojcik, Bangor University A very well written account of the main aspects of interfacial science. Chemistry World

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Capilliarity and the Mechanics of Surfaces; 3. Adsorption and the Thermodynamics of Surfaces; 4. Adsorption at the Gas/Liquid Interface; 5. Insoluble Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett Films; 6. Adsorption at the Liquid/Liquid Interface; 7. The Surfaces of Solids; 8. Adsorption at the Gas/Solid Interface; 9. The Liquid/Solid Interface; 10. Biological Interfaces