Surface Activity: Principles, Phenomena and Applications (Polymers, Interfaces and Biomaterials)

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9780127022802: Surface Activity: Principles, Phenomena and Applications (Polymers, Interfaces and Biomaterials)

The first book in a new series edited by Toyoichi Tanaka, Surface Activity illustrates the fundamentals and principles of surfactants, and describes the applications of surface activity to our everyday life andindustry. It is written to display the most essential concepts and up-to-date research results on surface activity phenomenon. The book covers the concepts of surface (interfacial) tension and its characteristic properties.
Surface Activity presents conventional and potential applications, and proposes creative and original ideas for future research and development for consumer products such as detergents, toiletries and cosmetics. The book also discusses potential applications for lypotropic liquid crystals, new drug delivery systems, molecular electronics, and environmental concerns. This book will be of value to researchers, yet beginners in this field will also be able to understand the essential concepts.
* Describes surface activity from basic principles to practical applications
* Presents the applications of wetting, foaming and defoaming, emulsions, etc., for detergents, toiletries, cosmetics and other industrial uses
* Describes environmental problems
* Gives potential future applications for drug delivery systems, sensors, and molecular electronics

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Surfaces and interfaces are concepts of fundamental importance in materials science and technology. All materials have surfaces. When two or more materials are put together, interfaces appear. In composite materials, interfaces play a crucial role in determining mechanical, optical, and electronic properties.

Surfaces and interfaces can be dramatically altered when surfactant molecules are applied to them, modifying not only the interactions between two materials at the interface, but also the bulk properties of a composite. Surfactants are key materials in processes involving adhesion, coating, mixing, domain formations, and many other phenomena in the medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, and electronic industries.

Surfactants exhibit a variety of interesting phenomena such as formations of micelles, vesicles, layers, and gels. They provide a fascinating example of self-assembly. Surfactants have many phases and undergo phase transitions between them. Understanding these phenomena is a great challenge for physics and chemistry, and is of increasing technological importance.

Dr. Kaoru Tsujii is one of the pioneers and leaders in the science and technology of surfactants. He has long expolored the field, both in theory and in industrial applications, and seeks to demonstrate applications of surfactants in our everyday life and industry. The book will serve as an excellent text and reference for researchers and students who wish to know more about surfactants.

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