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Physicochemical Hydrodynamics: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-45830-2
416 pages
May 2003
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Since the first publication of the book, a surge of interest in physicochemical hydrodynamics (PCH) has produced a flurry of advances in the field, as researchers became aware of the subject’s practical applications across numerous disciplines. The Second Edition of Ronald F. Probstein’s Physicochemical Hydrodynamics is significantly expanded and revised to provide increased coverage of the field. All of the material was supplemented with problems for students, and a solutions manual is available for instructors. The continued demand for the book necessitates that the Second Edition be reprinted in paperback so that it may be more widely available to students and practitioners.

This highly respected book emphasizes rational theory and its consequences to demonstrate the underlying unity of PCH, which allows diverse phenomena to be described in physically and mathematically similar ways. Physicochemical Hydrodynamics communicates the fundamentals while, at the same time, conveying the importance of applications of PCH to a variety of fields, including: mechanical, chemical, and environmental engineering; materials science, biotechnology, microfluidics, and fluid aspects of nanotechnology. Numerous illustrations, analogies, and examples highlight the text and help to clarify and solidify students’ and professionals’ understanding of the material.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition.

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

Acknowledgments for the First Edition.


Transport in Fluids.

Equations of Change.

Solutions of Uncharged Molecules.

Solutions of Uncharged Macromolecules and Particles.

Solutions of Electrolytes.

Solutions of Charged Macromolecules and Particles.

Suspension Stability and Particle Capture.

Rheology and Concentrated Suspensions.

Surface Tension.

Appendix A. SI Units and Physical Constants.

Appendix B. Symbols.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

RONALD F. PROBSTEIN is Ford Professor of Engineering, Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a leading authority on physicochemical hydrodynamics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering and the author of ten previous books, as well as more than 125 articles.
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