Atomic Force Microscopy in Process Engineering

Atomic Force Microscopy in Process Engineering

An Introduction to AFM for Improved Processes and Products

1st Edition - June 30, 2009

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  • Authors: Richard Bowen, Nidal Hilal
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949574
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175173

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This is the first book to bring together both the basic theory and proven process engineering practice of AFM. It is presented in a way that is accessible and valuable to practising engineers as well as to those who are improving their AFM skills and knowledge, and to researchers who are developing new products and solutions using AFM. The book takes a rigorous and practical approach that ensures it is directly applicable to process engineering problems. Fundamentals and techniques are concisely described, while specific benefits for process engineering are clearly defined and illustrated. Key content includes: particle-particle, and particle-bubble interactions; characterization of membrane surfaces; the development of fouling resistant membranes; nanoscale pharmaceutical analysis; nanoengineering for cellular sensing; polymers on surfaces; micro and nanoscale rheometry.

Key Features

  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an important tool for process engineers and scientists as it enables improved processes and products
  • The only book dealing with the theory and practical applications of atomic force microscopy in process engineering
  • Provides best-practice guidance and experience on using AFM for process and product improvement


Practising chemical, biochemical and process engineers, research and development engineers and scientists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Basic Principles of Atomic Force Microscopy
    Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, W. Richard Bowen

    2. Measurement of Particle and Surface Interactions Using Force Microscopy
    Nidal Hilal, Daniel Johnson, W. Richard Bowen, Paul M. Williams

    3. Quantification of Particle-Bubble Interactions Using Atomic Force Microscopy
    Nidal Hilal, Daniel Johnson

    4. Investigating Membranes and Membrane Processes with Atomic Force Microscopy
    W. Richard Bowen, Nidal Hilal

    5. AFM and Development of (Bio)Fouling Resistant Membranes
    Nidal Hilal, W. Richard Bowen, Daniel Johnson, Huabing Yin

    6. Nanoscale Analysis of Pharmaceuticals by Scanning Probe Microscopy
    Clive J. Roberts

    7. Micro/Nanoengineering and AFM for Cellular Sensing
    Huabing Yin, Gordon McPhee, Phil Dobson

    8. Atomic Force Microscopy and Polymers on Surfaces
    Vasileios Koutsos

    9. Application of AFM for the Study of Tensile and Microrheological Properties of Fluids
    Matthew S. Barrow, P. Rhodri Williams

    10. Future Prospects
    W. Richard Bowen and Nidal Hilal

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: June 30, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949574
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175173

About the Authors

Richard Bowen

Affiliations and Expertise

i-NewtonWales, Swansea, UK

Nidal Hilal

Nidal Hilal
Professor Nidal Hilal is the Director and Founding Director of NYUAD Water Research Center at New York University-Abu Dhabi. His research interests lie broadly in the identification of innovative and cost-effective solutions within the fields of nano-water, membrane technology, and water treatment including desalination, colloid engineering and the nano-engineering applications of AFM. His internationally recognized research has led to the use of AFM in the development of new membranes with optimized properties for difficult separations. He has published 8 handbooks, 63 invited book chapters and around 500 articles in refereed scientific literature. He has chaired and delivered lectures at numerous international conferences. In 2005 he was awarded Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Wales and the Kuwait Prize for applied science “Water resources development”. He is also the Menelaus Medal Winner 2020 which is awarded by the Learned Society of Wales for excellence in engineering and technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the international journal Desalination. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of international journals, is an advisory board member of several multinational organizations and has served on/consulted for industry, government departments, research councils and universities on an international basis.

Affiliations and Expertise

NYUAD Water Research Center, New York University - Abu Dhabi Campus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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