Generalized Van Der Waals Theory Of Molecular Fluids In Bulk And At Surfaces by Sture Nordholm

Generalized Van Der Waals Theory Of Molecular Fluids In Bulk And At Surfaces

bySture Nordholm, Cliff Woodward, Jan Forsman

Paperback | October 1, 2017

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Generalized van der Waals Theory of Molecular Fluids in Bulk and at Surfacespresents a body of successful research on the development of a new density functional theory of fluids making it possible to understand and predict a wide range of properties and phenomena of molecular fluids by simple semi-analytical theory. The book brings together all recent advances related to the Generalized van der Waals Theory in a clear and coherent presentation, useful to experimentalists, theoreticians and engineers who use the theory for fluid property calculations.

The mathematics presentation is oriented to an audience of variable background. The book contains exercises and may be used as a textbook for a course at the upper undergraduate or graduate level in physics or chemistry. It can also be used by scientists from other areas such as geophysics, oceanography and molecular biology who would like to understand molecular fluids.



  • Presents an approximate but fully derived and physically explained theory of molecular fluids to facilitate broad applications
  • Derives a density functional theory of classical fluids and applies it to obtain equations of state, as well as non-uniform fluid properties, e.g. surface tension and adsorption
  • Demonstrates how the theory can be applied to complex multi-center molecules forming a polymer fluid
  • Provides user friendly programs on a home page to redraw figures in the book for variable parameters and perform calculations in particular applications
  • Includes a set of exercises to support use of the book in a course

About The Author

Dr. Sture Nordholm did his research training in statistical mechanics with Robert Zwanzig and continued with postdoctoral research at The University of Chicago with Stuart Rice. His doctoral thesis was on nonequilibrium transport theory and he continued in Chicago working on both fundamental problems in molecular dynamics and theory of...

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Title:Generalized Van Der Waals Theory Of Molecular Fluids In Bulk And At SurfacesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128111364

ISBN - 13:9780128111369

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Foundations 3. Ideal Molecular Gases 4. Intermolecular Potentials 5. Basic Equations of State for Simple Fluids 6. The Generalized van der Waals Theory 7. Simple Fluid Mixtures 8. Surface Tension in Simple Fluids 9. Adsorption at Solid Surfaces 10. Electrolyte fluids 11. Polymer Fluids