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Colloidal Dispersions: Suspensions, Emulsions, Foams
Ian D. Morrison and Sydney Ross
Wiley-Interscience, New York, NY
2002
ISBN 0-471-17625-7

The major step in solving a problem is to define it. We hope to display the armory of concepts and techniques that are available in this discipline, so that investigators may orient their thinking along lines already laid down by the experience of previous workers. Our book therefore is an index of related topics, by means of which the enquirer, with a specific problem in mind, may hope to find the appropriate context to help formulate it.

Introduction

This book is addressed to industrial scientists and engineers. The students who attend two and three day short courses taught by the authors are typical. They are trained in chemistry or chemical engineering, all with undergraduate degrees, a few with graduate degrees. Their primary assignments are not directly related to colloid chemistry and they have no training in colloid chemistry. However, as is so often true in industrial research, development, and engineering, these assignments require a practical understanding of the general principles of colloid chemistry.

This book is a handbook, a resource for the explanation of important colloidal phenomena, for summaries of practical theories, for references to more detailed accounts, and for leads to suppliers and manufacturers. This book does not contain mathematical derivations so often required of students. These can be found by reference. It does not explain all the newest research topics. It does contain important ideas to help solve problems and to design new products.

Almost all interesting materials and processes include multiple phases. When those phases are finely divided, as in paints, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, reinforced plastics and rubbers, foods, ceramics, and all life forms, colloidal properties become significant. Inclusion of some of the topics discussed in this book provides a useful addition to the training of students.

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