Biophysical Chemistry of Fractal Structures and Processes in Environmental Systems
The interpretation of complex environmental systems using modern fractal approaches is compared and contrasted with the more classical approaches. The book will provide the fundamental knowledge necessary for solving practical environmental problems. Furthermore, it examinea how the fractal approach has been applied in order to understand the structure and reactivity of natural, environmental systems including flocs, sediments, soils, microorganisms and humic substances.
List of Contributors.
1. Introduction to the Study of Environmental Fractals (N. Senesi and K.J. Wilkinson)
2. Introduction to Fractal Geometry, Fragmentation Processes and Multifractal Measures (P. Baveye, C.W. Boast and H. Millan)
3. Methods and Techniques for Fractal Analysis of Environmental Systems (G. Bushell)
4. Fractal Structures and Mechanisms in Coagulation/Flocculation Processes in Environmental Systems (S. Stoll and S. Diez)
5. Fractal Structures and Mechanisms in Coagulation/Flocculation Processes in Environmental Systems (J.Y. Bottero, A. Masion and J. Rose)
6. Fractal Approaches to Adsorption/Desorption Processes on Environmental Surfaces (Z. Sokolowska and S. Sokolowski)
7. Application of Fractals in the Study of Humic Materials (J.A. Rice)
8. Fractal Geometry and Microorganisms in the Environment (L. Boddy and D.P. Donnelly)
9. Fractal Geometry of Aerosol Particles (I. Colbeck)
Kevin J. Wilkinson received a PhD in Environmental chemistry from the National Water Research Institute of the University of Quebec (INRS-Eau) in 1993. Following his PhD, he joined the research group of Professor Jacques Baffle at the University of Geneva where he began to examine some of the important biophysical properties of environmental biopolymers and colloids. Following the establishment of his own research group in 1994, he focused his research onto relating the structure of environmental colloids and aggregates to their function in addition to initiating a research programme designed to develop a fundamental understanding of the chemical mechanisms of contaminant bioavailability. In 2005, he was appointed Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montreal. His teaching includes (bio) analytical and environmental chemistry. His current research interest include: (i) improving our understanding of the role(s) of microorganisms on the biophysicochemistry of trace elements and colloids; (ii) development and optimisation of novel analytical techniques for quantifying bioavailability and colloidal/aggregate structure; (iii) characterising environmental biopo9lymers; and (iv) determining the role of diffusion in complex environmental media (biofilms, flocs, sediments). He is currently member of the editorial board of Environmental Chemistry and titular member of the IUPAC Chemistry and Environment Division. He also was editor for the previous volume in the IUPAC series on Analytical and Physical Chemistry of Environmental Systems (vol. 10): Environmental Colloids and Particles: Behaviour, Separation and Characterisation.