Self-Assembly Processes at Interfaces

Self-Assembly Processes at Interfaces

Multiscale Phenomena

1st Edition - November 18, 2017

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  • Author: Vincent Ball
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128019702
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128019726

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Self-Assembly Processes at Interfaces: Multiscale Phenomena provides the conceptual and unifying view of adsorption, self-assembly, and grafting processes at solid–liquid and liquid–gas interfaces, also describing experimental methods where applicable. An invaluable resource for (post)-graduate students looking to bridge the gap between acquiring the field’s existing knowledge and the creation of new insights, the book recalls fundamental concepts, giving rigorous, but first-principle-based, calculations and exercises, and showing how these concepts have been used in recent research articles. Readers will find guidelines on how best to start research in the field of surface chemistry with biological macromolecules and molecules able to undergo self-assembly process at interfaces in the presence of a liquid, along with discussions on the very fundamental aspects and applications using concepts of biomimetic chemistry. By highlighting the interdisciplinary aspects of the field of self-assembly at interfaces, the book is an ideal resource for chemical engineers, chemists, physicists, and biologists. In addition, important equations are demonstrated on the basis of fundamental concepts, and overly complex mathematical developments are avoided.

Key Features

  • Presents an interdisciplinary work that is ideal for chemical engineers, chemists, physicists, and biologists
  • Provides a unifying view of the field, from fundamentals, to methods and applications
  • Includes concepts applicable at both solid–liquid and liquid–gas interfaces


(Post)-graduate students in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics and biology; researchers in academia and industry performing research in self-assembly at surfaces

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Surface science: history and perspectives
    1. Surfaces and basics from surfaces science, thermo-dynamics of interfaces and kinetics
    2. Intermolecular forces and solvation
    3. Simulation methods: Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics and multiscale simulations
    4. Experimental methods to investigate self-assembly at interfaces
    5. Adsorption and adhesion
    6. Using covalent chemistry: grafting on surfaces
    7. Supramolecular and biomimetic chemistry at interfaces
    8. Applications of organized films at solid-liquid and liquid-gas interfaces
    9. Industrial applications of self-assembly at interfaces
    10. Conclusions and perspectives
    Solutions to the exercises
    Appendices and physical constants

Product details

  • No. of pages: 478
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: November 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128019702
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128019726

About the Author

Vincent Ball

Dr. Vincent Ball is a Professor at the University of Strasbourg, INSERM, Strasbourg, France. He is the recipient of a 2007 Fulbright fellowship, and was an invited researcher at the Michigan University, Ann Arbor, Department of Materials Sciences, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and an invited researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Strasbourg, INSERM, Strasbourg, France

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