Atomic Force Microscopy in Process Engineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781856175173, 9780080949574

Atomic Force Microscopy in Process Engineering

1st Edition

An Introduction to AFM for Improved Processes and Products

Authors: W. Richard Bowen Nidal Hilal
eBook ISBN: 9780080949574
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856175173
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 3rd July 2009
Page Count: 304
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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


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About the Author

W. Richard Bowen

Affiliations and Expertise

i-NewtonWales, Swansea, UK

Nidal Hilal

Professor Nidal Hilal holds a chair in Water Process Engineering. In addition to three years of industrial experience, he has worked continuously in academia since graduation in 1981. Over the years, he has made a major contribution becoming an internationally leading expert in the application of atomic force microscopy to chemical and process engineering, particularly in water resources development. His research interests lie broadly in the identification of innovative and cost-effective solutions to real world process engineering problems within the fields of nano-water, membrane technology, water treatment including desalination, colloid engineering and the nano-engineering applications of atomic force microscopy. Professor Hilal is internationally recognized as a world-leader in developing and applying the force measurement capability of AFM to the study of membrane separation and engineering processes at the nanoscale level. He was awarded the Kuwait Prize of Applied Science for Water Resources Development in 2005 by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). This prize is one of the highest scientific honours which are awarded in the Middle East for intellectual achievement. He has recently published a pioneering book on Atomic Force Microscopy and Nano-Process Engineering by Elsevier in 2009 and a book entitled Membrane Modification: Technology and Applications by CRC press in 2012. He has also published 4 textbooks, 27 book chapters and around 300 articles in the refereed scientific literature. Professor Hilal is the Editor-in-Chief for the international journal Desalination and on the editorial boards of a number of international journals, and is a member of the advisory boards of several multinational organizations. He is a registered European Engineer, a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Professor Hilal has served on and has carried out extensive consultancy for industry, government departments, research councils and universities on an international basis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER,) Swansea University, UK