Preface to the First Edition

Colloid and surface chemistry occupy a paradoxical position among the topics of physical chemistry. These are areas which have traditionally been considered part of physical chemistry and are currently enjoying more widespread application than ever due to their relevance to environmental and biological problems. At the same time, however, colloid and surface chemistry have virtually disappeared from physical chemistry courses. These topics are largely absent from the contemporary general chemistry course as well. It is possible, therefore, that a student could complete a degree in chemistry without even being able to identify what colloid and surface chemistry are about.

The primary objective of this book is to bridge ...

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