Interfacial systems are frequently encountered in a large variety of phenomena in biology and industry. A few examples that come to mind are adsorption, catalysis, corrosion, flotation, osmosis, and colloidal stability. In particular, surface films are very interesting from a cognitive point of view. Surface science has a long history. For many years, natural philosophers were curious about interfacial phenomena because it was quite clear that matter near surface differs in its properties from the same matter in bulk...
The contents of this book are based loosely on presentations at a special symposium,
“Application of Interface Science to Environmental Pollution Control,”
held as part of the ACS National Meeting in Chicago, August 26–30, 2001. This
symposium offered an opportunity for researchers from a range of disciplines to
discuss the role of interface science in environmental remediation. The development
of an archival book based on this meeting is a timely contribution to a
burgeoning area of research that is now attracting the attention of a diverse research
We are a group of dedicated material scientists each with 15–25 years of research
and development experience in the assembly and interconnect technologies of
electronics. Our experience in chemical and mechanical interfacial compatibility
between dissimilar materials dates back to the end of the 1980s. Since the early
1990s with the rise of the electronics industry in Finland, we focused our work
increasingly into the challenges of materials, assembly technologies and reliability
of portable electronics.