4th Edition

Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry

Edited By K. S. Birdi Copyright 2016
    708 Pages
    by CRC Press

    708 Pages 336 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    This new edition of the Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry informs you of significant recent developments in the field. It highlights new applications and provides revised insight on surface and colloid chemistry’s growing role in industrial innovations. The contributors to each chapter are internationally recognized experts. Several chapters represent new research areas while others provide updates on important areas of the field.

    Reduced in length, the new edition presents a more concise volume for quicker understanding of the physical principles necessary for application. It includes extensive references for understanding related phenomena, providing a reference point to broaden knowledge of theoretical and practical functions. It also illustrates surface and colloid chemistry’s relevance in the struggle against global issues such as energy resources, environmental control, transportation, housing, biotechnology, health, medicine, drinking water, and food production.

    The Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, Fourth Edition is an invaluable resource for staying informed on progress in the field. It keeps you current with theories and their applications to the development of technology so that you can find more effective solutions to vital problems facing us today and tomorrow.

    Preface. Editor. Contributors. Introduction to Surface and Colloid Chemistry: Recent Advances and General Remarks. Molecular Thermodynamics of Hydrogen-Bonded Systems. Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions. Chemical Physics of Colloid Systems and Interfaces. Subsurface Colloidal Fines, Behavior, Characterization, and Their Role in Groundwater Contamination. Activated Carbon Adsorption in Water Treatment. Solvation in Heterogeneous Media. Water Purification Devices: State-of-the-Art Review. Thermally Sensitive Particles: Preparation, Characterization, and Application in the Biomedical Field. Microemulsions and Their Applications in Drug Delivery. Adhesion and Wetting: A Quantum Mechanics-Based Approach. Surface Chemistry of Oil Recovery (Enhanced Oil Recovery). A Review of Polymer-Surfactant Interactions. Index.


    K.S. Birdi received his BSc (with honors) from Delhi University, Delhi, India, in 1952 and later majored in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1957. In 1959 he moved to Copenhagen, where he joined Lever Bros. as chief chemist in the Development Laboratory. He joined the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Danish Technical University, Lyngby, Denmark as assistant professor in 1966. He was appointed research professor at the Nordic Science Foundation in 1985 and was appointed professor of physical chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, Copenhagen, in 1990 (retired in 1999). He has been a consultant to national and international industries, a member of chemical societies, a member of organizing committees of national and international meetings related to surface science, and was an advisory member of the journal Langmuir from 1985-87. Surface chemistry is his major area of research interest.