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Colloids and Interfaces in Life Sciences and Bionanotechnology


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Introduction. Colloidal Particles: Shapes and Size Distributions. Some Thermodynamic Principles and Relations, with Special Attention to Interfaces Water. Interfacial Tension. Curvature and Capillarity. Monolayers at Fluid Interfaces
Wetting of Solid Surfaces. Electrochemistry of Interfaces. Electrokinetic Phenomena. Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Molecules. Polymers. Proteins. Adsorption. Adsorption of (Bio)Polymers, with Special Emphasis on Globular Proteins
Stability of Lyophobic Colloids against Aggregation. Emulsions and Foams. Physicochemical Properties of Biological Membranes. Bioadhesion.

About the Author

Willem Norde is Professor of Bionanotechnology at Wageningen University and Research Center, and Professor of Colloid and Interface Science at the University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His main research expertise is on interfacial behavior of proteins, biological cells and bacteria, as well as on encapsulation and release of functional ingredients in and from nanocapsules. He is author or coauthor of more than 240 scientific publications and coeditor of Physical Chemistry of Biological Interfaces (Marcel Dekker, 2000) and of Nanotechnology in the Agri-Food Sector (Wiley-VCH, 2011) and author of Colloids and Interfaces in Life Sciences (Marcel Dekker, 2003).

Willem Norde has taught various courses, such as Colloid an Interface Science, Biopolymers at Interfaces, Physics and Chemistry of Supramolecular Systems, and Chemical Thermodynamics. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Association of Chemists, the Dutch Association of Biotechnologists, and the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists.

Dr. Norde received the MSc (1969) and PhD (1976) degrees from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


"…[T]he text is remarkably well written … . Each chapter ends with an excellent series of exercises that test the student's understanding of its content and a list of suggestions for further reading. This is an important … resource in providing such a thorough general summary and explication of the basis of colloidal phenomena with relation to the life sciences and could easily form the heart of an excellent course on this subject. Every research institution will need a copy, as will any college offering chemistry courses beyond the most basic. The clarity and completeness of its examples will prove helpful in a variety of other fields, from tribology … to cell biology."
- E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2004

"The selection of topics is useful in order to introduce the interested reader to a wide variety of colloidal structures and interfacial phenomena. … There are many illustrations that supplement the text in a fruitful manner. … My overall impression is that this book is a good introduction to 'colloids and interfaces in the life sciences' and might be used for introductory courses or seminars … ."
- Chem BioChem

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