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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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10

van der Waals Forces

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10.1  INTRODUCTION

10.1a  What Are van der Waals Forces?

This chapter is concerned with one of the most important forces in surface and colloid chemistry, namely, van der Waals forces between atoms, molecules, or particles. These forces have their origin in the dipole or induced-dipole interactions at the atomic level and are therefore of extreme importance in almost all aspects of the study of materials. The strength of van ...

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