This systematic introduction to the topic includes theoretical concepts to help readers understand and predict surface forces, while also integrating experimental techniques and practical applications with up-to-date examples plus motivating exercises. Starting with intermolecular forces, the authors discuss different surfaces forces, with a major part devoted to surface forces between solid surfaces in liquid media. In addition, they cover surface forces between liquid-vapor interfaces and between liquid-liquid interfaces.
1. Introduction 2. Van der Waals Forces 3. Experimental Methods 4. Electrostatic Double-layer Forces 5. Capillary Forces 6. Hydrodynamic Forces 7. Interfacial Forces between Fluid Interfaces and across Thin Films 8. Contact Mechanics and Adhesion Friction 9. Solvation Forces and Non-DLVO Forces in Water 10. Surface Forces in Polymer Solutions and Melts 11. Solutions to Exercises