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Environmental Surfaces: and Interfaces from the Nanoscale to the Global Scale

By: Patricia A Maurice

441 pages, Figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Jul 2009 | #178174 | ISBN-13: 9780470400364
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Based on the author's 15 years of teaching water-rock interactions and tried and tested in the classroom, "Environmental Surface Chemistry" covers everything from the theory of charged particle surfaces to how minerals grow and dissolve to new frontiers in W-R interactions, such as nanoparticles, geomicrobiology, and climate change. Numerous case studies help contextualize concepts while chapter-ending practice and thought questions facilitate comprehension.

The text provides basic conceptual understanding along with more complex subject matter to encourage students to look beyond the text to ongoing research in the field.


Chapter 1: Some fundamental chemical thermodynamic and kinetic concepts. Chapter 2: The hydrologic cycle as context for environmental surfaces and interfaces. Chapter 3: Some minerals of special interest to environmental surface chemistry. Chapter 4: Some key techniques for investigating surfaces and interfaces. Chapter 5: Surfaces and interfaces. Chapter 6: The charged interface and surface complexation. Chapter 7: Sorption: Inorganic cations and anions. Chapter 8: Sorption: Organic compounds. Chapter 9: Mineral nucleation and growth. Chapter 10: Mineral weathering and dissolution. Chapter 11: Plants as environmental surfaces. Chapter 12: Microorganisms as environmental surfaces. Chapter 13: Environmental nanoscience and nanotechnology. Chapter 14: The big picture: Interface processes and the environment. Glossary of terms. Bibliography. Index.

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