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Physics and Chemistry of Interfaces (Physics Textbook) 2nd, Revised and Enlarged Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-3527406296
ISBN-10: 3527406298
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..."a general yet comprehensive introduction to surface and interface science..." ("Materials World, Vol 12(2), Feb 2004)

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Second edition of this excellent reference work for advanced students (and their teachers) in material science, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, or for researchers needing background knowledge in surface and interface science. The general yet comprehensive introduction to this field focuses on the essential concepts rather than specific details, on intuitive understanding rather than learning facts. Manifold high-end applications from surface technology, biotechnology, or microelectronics are used to illustrate the basic concepts.
In this new edition, topics such as depletion forces, surface modification by plasma polymerization, principles of lithography, or microemulsions as templates in materials Sciences have been added. The number and variety of exercises has been increased.

"... The book is well worth a place on the shelf of material scientists and engineers involved in surface phenomena." Materials World, April 2005

"... [This book] should be considered mandatory reading for someone who wants to join this research area. It is very didactic, clear, concise, and well-organized." ChemPhysChem 5/04

"A general yet comprehensive introduction to surface and interface science, this book focuses on essential concepts, and includes application from biotechnology to micoelectronics."
Materials World, Vol. 12(2), Feb 2004

Hans-Jürgen Butt studied physics at the Universities of Hamburg and Göttingen, Germany. Then he went to the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt. After receiving his PhD in 1989 he went as a postdoc to Santa Barbara, California, and learned using the newly developed atomic force microscope. From 1990-95 he worked as a researcher back in Germany at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysics. In 1996 he became associate professor at the University of Mainz. Three years later he moved to Siegen to become full professor for physical chemistry. Only two years later he joined the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz.

Karlheinz Graf studied chemistry at the Universities of Erlangen and Mainz, Germany. After receiving his PhD in physical chemistry in 1997, he went as a postdoc to Santa Barbara, California working on physicochemical aspects of myelin and lung surfactant. Back in Mainz he investigated nanostructured lipopolymer films. Scince 2001 he is working on model systems for microsystem technology in the group of Hans-Jürgen Butt at the University of Siegen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research.

Michael Kappl studied physics at the University of Regensburg and the Technical University of Munich. He finished his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main in 1996. From 1997 - 1998 he did one and a half years of postdoctoral research at the University of Mainz in the group of Hans-Jürgen Butt. From 1998-2000 he worked as a IT consultant at Pallas Soft AG, Regensburg. In 2000, he rejoined the group of HansJürgen Butt at the University of Siegen. Since the end of 2002 he is project leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz.

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Product Details

  • Series: Physics Textbook
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 2nd, Revised and Enlarged Edition edition (March 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527406298
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527406296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan C. Rollings on December 16, 2009
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As a physics graduate student venturing into the biophysical realm or warm, charged, and wet surfaces I was in dire need of a textbook that provides the background journal authors assume for a reader. This book derives the equations that everyone in the field needs to know and exposes the reader to a wide enough variety of topics that I've often looked up new chapters when I encounter a new concept.

This is a textbook with a very practical emphasis. It reads like a physics or chemistry textbook that has taken a step towards engineering, a healthy combination for the experimental scientist. Questions are few, usually 'plug and chug,' and act to emphasize a certain point or show an application, with a few 'derive this equation' type questions. Most derivations in the text take half a page to two pages and assume that the reader has taken courses statistical mechanics and electromagnetism, but seem to always end with nice neat explanations of the answers that will allow the reader to apply the final result even if some of the details of the derivation are skipped.

I first found this book through Google books and after reading the section on the Poisson Boltzmann equation decided to order the book through my university's inter-library loan. When I had the book in hand I realized that my confusion in understanding the field's basics were due to the presentation I'd seen and found that the basic concepts were simple and almost immediately became able to apply the derivations to my research. When I had to return the book I bought a copy from Amazon.

In summary, this book is an excellent source to get up to speed in any field where solids and liquids meet.
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By Hatice Duran on February 25, 2013
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An excellent text-book for surface scientists and students. It has a lot of useful examples and broad definition of all the fundamental surface forces. It is particular useful for researchers and scholars who is working with nano-world.
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