This monograph a life long work of the author highlights the changes occurring at surfaces and interfaces involving two or multi-phase system due to the interaction between surface atoms/molecules, those added either intentionally or inadvertently in form of gases (vapours) solvents (aqueous and nonaqueous) and solutions mostly of surface active agents. A clear picture of the mechanism involved in industrial processes, namely, lubrication, adhesion, wear, friction, maintenance engineering, surface coating, metallurgical operation in production of iron and steel, corrosion prevention, mineral beneficiation including recovery of fine coal from slurries from coal washeries, tertiary oil recovery etc. are provided.
M C Rastogi.: Professor of Chemistry (Retd.) Regional Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India
Introduction / Surfaces and Interfaces / Adsorption at Solids/Gas, Liquid/Gas, Solid/Liquid, Solid/Solid Interfaces / Electrical phenomenon at Interfaces / Monolayers, Multilayers, Surface Coating and Thin Films / Interaction of Double Layers, Stability, Coagulation, Floculation and Selective Floculation and Agglomeration / Wetting, Emulsions, Foam and Froth / Surface Active Agents (Synthetic and Natural) / Polymers used in Industry, Natural and Synthetic.