Describes recent techniques applied to characterize surfactant systems, such as surfactant-stabilized colloids, micelles, microemulsions, emulsions and foams in both aqueous and nonaqueous fluids. The text probes adsorption and wetting phenomena at interfaces, including solid-liquid, liquid-vapour and liquid-liquid. It provides helpful examples and case studies illustrating how these techniques may be used in complementary ways.
Table of Contents
Modern techniques employed for characterizing surfactant systems. Techniques involving microscopy: scanning tunneling microscopy at solid-liquid interfaces; atomic force microscopy; Brewster angle microscopy and ellipsometry; cryogenic temperature transmission electron microscopy in the study of surfactant systems. Optical techniques: optical techniques for the characterization of monolayers and thin liquid films; fluorescence and ESR spectroscopy; studies of interactions between interfaces across surfactant solutions employing various surface force techniques; non-linear optical techniques. Non-optical techniques: amphiphiles at interfaces studied by surface sensitive X-ray scattering; neutron reflectivity at liquid-vapour, liquid-liquid, and solid-liquid interfaces; quartz crystal microbalance; electroacoustic studies of surfactant adsorption; ultrasonic characterization of surfactant-containing systems.
"...this book...should prove useful for those developing a very broad range of commercial products. "
"This is a wonderful book containing excellent reviews of 12 important techniques used to study surfactants. It is essential reading for scientists wanting both an introduction to these techniques and their advantages and limitations, and some recent results with surfactant systems.... ...each chapter of the book gives an excellent, understandable introduction to the theory and practice of each technique with sufficient references for the interested reader to follow up. Diagrams are clear and the whole book is well indexed. Overall, it is one of the best contributions to the Surfactant Science series."
---Journal of Surfactants and Detergents
"...suggest[s] alternative ways of solving problems through novel techniques....many people working in this area, particularly in academic research departments, could find much of value in this book, and would certainly recommend it for those who daily lives are spent trying to understand the behaviour of surfactants at interfaces. "
---European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics