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Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded, 3rd Edition by Raj Rajagopalan, Paul C. Hiemenz

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Colloid and Surface Chemistry:

Scope and Variables

Next … come the Nobility, of whom there are several degrees, beginning at Six-Sided Figures, … and from thence rising in the number of their sides till they receive the honorable title of Polygonal…. Finally when the number of sides becomes so numerous, and the sides themselves so small, that the figure cannot be distinguished from a circle, he is included in … the highest class of all.

From Abbott’s Flatland

1.1  INTRODUCTION

“Yesterday, I couldn’t define colloid chemistry; today, I’m doing it.” This variation of an old quip could apply to many recent chemistry and engineering graduates on entering employment in the “real world.” Two facts underlie this situation. First, colloid and surface ...

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