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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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7

Adsorption from Solution and Monolayer Formation

You are living on a plane. What you style Flatland is the vast level surface of what I may call a fluid, on, or in, the top of which you and your countrymen move about, without rising above it or falling below it.

From Abbott’s Flatland

7.1  INTRODUCTION

The interest of scientists on monolayers of oil on a water surface is frequently traced to Benjamin Franklin’s now-famous experiment on stilling the waves with oil in the pond at Clapham Common in England on a windy day,* but the striking properties of such monolayers are brought to light by an equally simple experiment most students have seen at home or high school. Shake some pepper or flour on a pan of water and touch the surface of the water ...

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