Thermodynamics of Surfaces and Interfaces

Thermodynamics of Surfaces and Interfaces : Concepts in Inorganic Materials

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An accessible yet rigorous discussion of the thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces, bridging the gap between textbooks and advanced literature by delivering a comprehensive guide without an overwhelming amount of mathematics. The book begins with a review of the relevant aspects of the thermodynamics of bulk systems, followed by a description of the thermodynamic variables for surfaces and interfaces. Important surface phenomena are detailed, including wetting, crystalline systems (including grain boundaries), interfaces between different phases, curved interfaces (capillarity), adsorption phenomena and adhesion of surface layers. The later chapters also feature case studies to illustrate real-world applications. Each chapter includes a set of study problems to reinforce the reader's understanding of important concepts. Ideal as an auxiliary text for students and a self-study guide for industry practitioners and academic researchers working across a broad range of materials.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 125 b/w illus. 14 tables 38 exercises
  • 1139989391
  • 9781139989398

Table of contents

1. Summary of basic thermodynamic concepts; 2. Introduction to surface quantities; 3. Equilibrium at intersections of surfaces: wetting; 4. Surfaces of crystalline solids; 5. Interphase interfaces; 6. Curved surfaces; 7. Adsorption; 8. Adhesion.
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'... a good read, with very complex phenomena explained in a fairly simple and straightforward way.' MRS Bulletin 'Meier fills an important gap in the thermodynamics literature with this book.' H. Giesche, Choice
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About Gerald H. Meier

Gerald H. Meier is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored or co-authored two books and 175 articles, and has worked as a research collaborator or consultant with many companies in the gas turbine and aerospace industries. He has been a Fellow of ASM International since 1996.
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