From the Back Cover
Fundamentals of Interfacial Engineering Robert J. Stokes D. Fennell Evans Fundamentals of Interfacial Engineering defines the newly emerging, cross-disciplinary field of interfacial engineering. It gives students a coherent, integrated approach to the field, while offering engineering instructors an excellent starting point for curriculum development. The text emphasizes the fundamental concepts underlying interfacial phenomena and how these concepts are reduced to practice in processing and manufacturing settings. Unique in its broad scope, the book establishes connections between interfacial phenomena in all materials systems, and draws attention to the similarities and distinguishing differences between liquids, polymers, and crystalline solids. The first section outlines the fundamental intermolecular interactions that occur in all interfacial systems from individual molecules to molecular assemblies, and extends to introduce the nature of forces across the interface between particles. The second section describes the properties, processing, and behavior of fluid interfacial systems, and the final section treats solid surfaces and interfaces. Each chapter features explicit examples that illustrate applications to different processes and product situations. Fundamentals of Interfacial Engineering is a useful introductory overview for senior-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students in chemical engineering, materials science, polymer science, and electronics engineering, as well as for industrial and government researchers seeking knowledge of interfacial phenomena across disciplinary lines.