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Colloid Science: Principles, Methods and Applications

Colloid Science: Principles, Methods and Applications

Terence Cosgrove (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30539-5 March 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 304 Pages


Colloidal systems are important across a range of industries, such as the food, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, cosmetics, polymer, paint and oil industries, and form the basis of a wide range of products (eg cosmetics & toiletries, processed foodstuffs and photographic film). A detailed understanding of their formation, control and application is required in those industries, yet many new graduate or postgraduate chemists or chemical engineers have little or no direct experience of colloids.

This book is based on lectures given at the highly successful Bristol Colloid Centre Spring School, designed to provide a thorough introduction to colloid science for industrial chemists, technologists and engineers. The course has attracted a wide range of industrialists from major companies with over 1000 delegates attending in all. This book brings together the BCC Spring School lectures and presents them in a coherent and logical text on practical colloid science. The authors are well known internationally in their respective fields and the book will be uniquely focussed on providing the reader with a detailed understanding of the practical application of colloid science.

1. Introduction to Colloidal Dispersions.

2. Charge in Colloidal Systems.

3. Colloid Stability.

4. Surfactant Aggregation and Adsorption at Interfaces.

5. Microemulsions.

6. Polymers and Polymer solutions.

7. Polymers at Interfaces
8. Effect of polymers on Colloid Stability.

9. The Wetting of Surfaces.

10. Aerosols.

11. Practical Rheology.

12. Scattering and Reflection Techniques.

13. Optical Manipulation.

14. Electron Microscopy

'Each of the chapters is lucid and insightful.'

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2005

"Editor Terence Cosgrove has done an excellent job in balancing the scope and length of the various contributions, together with ensuring amazing uniformity of style despite the different contributors. The book sets its smooth, readable style with an introduction to colloidal dispersions. The content of the following chapters not only covers the principals of attraction and repulsion forces and their role in colloid stability, but also gives an excellent overview of polymer absorbtion and its stabilising and destabilising effects. There are also well balanced contributions on surfactants, microemulsions, wetting and aerosols. The latter is all too frequently omitted from colloid texts and is therefore a welcome inclusion".

"Throughout, the contributors give excellent references for further reading".

"the book of the course (Spring School in Colloid Science, Bristol University), is very welcome and I'm sure will be of immense benefit to those who need the basics of colloid science for their industrial or academic activities.

Mike Garvey, University of Liverpool as in Chemistry and Industry | Issue 14 | 17 July 2006

* A concise, accessible and highly practical overview of colloid science gives the reader the necessary information to acquire the fundamentals of colloid science in a way that is readily applicable in the course of their work.

* Based on the highly successful Bristol Colloid Centre Spring School, the material is carefully presented to ensure fundamental theoretical principles are illustrated in a practical and applications led approach, easing the understanding of what can be quite complex systems.* Brings non-experts up to speed quickly and comprehensively, providing new entrants to a range of industries with a firm understanding of the basic chemistry and technology of colloidal systems.