An accessible yet rigorous discussion of the thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces, bridging the gap between textbooks and advanced literature by delivering a comprehensive guide without an overwhelming amount of mathematics. The book begins with a review of the relevant aspects of the thermodynamics of bulk systems, followed by a description of the thermodynamic variables for surfaces and interfaces. Important surface phenomena are detailed, including wetting, crystalline systems (including grain boundaries), interfaces between different phases, curved interfaces (capillarity), adsorption phenomena and adhesion of surface layers. The later chapters also feature case studies to illustrate real-world applications. Each chapter includes a set of study problems to reinforce the reader's understanding of important concepts. Ideal as an auxiliary text for students and a self-study guide for industry practitioners and academic researchers working across a broad range of materials.Read more
- Includes an introductory chapter on 'bulk thermodynamics', bringing the reader up to speed with a review of thermodynamic principles
- Presents the key elements of the thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces without an intimidating amount of mathematics
- Demonstrates real-world applications through case studies involving important materials systems
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'… a good read, with very complex phenomena explained in a fairly simple and straightforward way.' MRS BulletinSee more reviews
'Meier fills an important gap in the thermodynamics literature with this book.' H. Giesche, Choice
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- Date Published: July 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521879088
- length: 256 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.53kg
- contains: 125 b/w illus. 14 tables 38 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Summary of basic thermodynamic concepts
2. Introduction to surface quantities
3. Equilibrium at intersections of surfaces: wetting
4. Surfaces of crystalline solids
5. Interphase interfaces
6. Curved surfaces
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