Particles at Interfaces

Interactions, Deposition, Structure


  • Zbigniew Adamczyk, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Science, Cracow, Poland

Particles at Interfaces presents recent developments in this growing field and is devoted entirely to the subject of particle transport, deposition and structuring on boundary surfaces. The complex problems which have been studied include concentrated systems of polydisperse and non-spherical particles, bio-particles such as DNA fragments, proteins, viruses, bacteria, cells, polymers, etc. These complex structures undergo transformations under the action of surface forces.
Particles at Interfaces provides readily accessible reference data and equations for estimating basic effects, and is mainly addressed to students and young scientists. Consequently, most approaches are of a phenomenological nature, enabling one to derive concrete expressions which describe the basic physics of the problem under consideration. To facilitate access to the information contained in the book most of the relevant formulae and results are compiled in Tables, accompanied with appropriate diagrams. The math is limited to the necessary minimum with emphasis on the physics of the phenomena, defining why they occur, what the kinetics of the processes and the practical implications are.
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Surface scientists, colloid scientists, membrane scientists


Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370541-9

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Significance of particle deposition

Chapter 2. Potential interactions among particles
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Electrostatic interactions
2.3 Molecular – van der Waals interactions
2.4 Superposition of interactions – energy profiles
2.5 Particle adhesion and other non-DLVO interactions

Chapter 3. Dissipative interactions
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Basic hydrodynamic equations
3.3 Macroscopic flows near interfaces
3.4 Dynamic of a single particle

Chapter 4. Transfer of particles to interfaces – linear problems
4.1 The force balance and the mobility of particles
4.2 Migration of particles in external fields
4.3 Particle motion near boundary surfaces-trajectory analysis
4.4 Brownian motion and diffusion
4.5 Phenomenological transport equations
4.6 Solved problems of linear transport to interfaces

Chapter 5. Non-linear transport of particles
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Reversible, two-dimensional particle systems
5.3 The random sequential adsorption (RSA) model
5.4 The RSA model of non-spherical particles
5.5 The RSA model of interacting particles
5.6 Other RSA model
5.7 The generalized RSA model