This publication discusses the theoretical aspects of absorbency as well as the structure, properties and performance of materials. The chapters are arranged in an approach for the reader to advance progressively through fundamental theories of absorbency to more practical aspects of the technology. Topics covered include scientific principles of absorbency and structure property relationships; material technology including super absorbents, non-woven, natural and synthetic fibres and surfactants; absorbency measurement techniques and technology perspective. The reader is provided with current status information on technology and is also informed on important developments within the field.


For both academic and industrial scientists and engineers engaged in research and development on absorbency and absorbent products.

Table of Contents

Porous structure and liquid flow models (P.K. Chatterjee, B.S. Gupta). Surface tension and surface energy (A.M. Schwartz). Fluid absorption in high bulk nonwovens (B.S. Gupta). Introduction to computational modelling and its applications in absorbent technology (S. Kangovi). The role of surfactants (J.C. Berg). Fibers and fibrous materials (L. Rebenfeld). Cross-linked cellulose and cellulose derivitives (R.A. Young). Synthetic superabsorbents (T.L. Staples, P.K. Chatterjee). Polymer grafted cellulose and starch (V.T. Stannett et al.). Nonwovens in absorbent materials (B.S. Gupta, D.K. Smith). Measurement techniques for absorbent materials and products (B.S. Gupta, P.K. Chatterjee). Products and technology perspective (P.K. Chatterjee). Subject index.


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About the editors

P.K. Chatterjee

Affiliations and Expertise

Nutech International Co., 331 McDowell Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, USA

B.S. Gupta

Affiliations and Expertise

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8301, USA