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Today many innovative products are based on the understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena and of the associated physico-chemical properties of the material. Two examples are water-repelling wall paint and functional surfaces. Hence, in many industries it has become an essential part of the R&D activities to characterize the properties of surfaces and interfaces.

DataPhysics Instruments is a leading manufacturer offering high-end measuring instruments for studying interfaces and surfaces. However, not only do we provide excellent tools, we also help you use them in the optimal way. For this purpose we offer a diverse range of advanced trainings.

In the following you find more information on our practice-oriented overview seminar Modern Measurement Techniques for Surface Chemistry, and on our webinars. Furthermore you can find comprehensible descriptions of important terminology and measuring techniques in our knowledge base and a comprehensive list of well quoted literature.

As experts in the field of interfacial measuring techniques we are keen to share our knowledge with you. After all our motto is not an empty promise:

Understanding Interfaces

We are glad to help you with this matter!

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Our webinars give you the opportunity to learn from our knowledge on surface measuring techniques without additional cost and from wherever you are. In order to attend one of our webinars you only require about one hour of time and a device with a modern browser and internet access, no matter if you're using your computer in the office or your tablet on your couch at home. Just sign up for one of our upcoming webinar dates.


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Modern measurement techniques for surface chemistry (≈25 min)

General introduction to surface science and properties such as surface tension and interfial tension, wetting behaviour, and surface energy. Different measurement techniques like optical methods and force based methods are being presented.

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Optical methods —  for determining surface and interfacial tension contact angles and surface energies (≈45 min)

In depth look into optical drop shape analysis. The drop shape analysis based on the pendant and sessile drop methods is introduced and advanced examples of measurements under various conditions and on challenging surfaces are presented.

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MultiScan technique —  for analyzing the stability of dispersions (≈35 min)

In depth look into optical stability and aging analysis of a variety of multi-phase dispersions, in particular suspensions and emulsions. The MultiScan technique is introduced and advanced analysis examples of different dispersions are presented.

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In our practice oriented seminar Modern Measurement Techniques for Surface Chemistry we provide you compactly, within two days, with an overview over different methods and measurement techniques used to analyze surfaces and interfaces. This benefits beginners and experienced users alike. Take the opportunity to broaden your horizon and learn about new developments and alternate methods or to discuss your procedure with our experts.

Our seminar is aimed at everybody who wants to get an overview of the state-of-the-art measurement techniques for surface analysis. No matter if you are already working in the field and want to discuss your methods with our experts, or if you are interested in how your surface chemistry questions could be approached – in our seminar you benefit by extending your fundamental knowledge and by learning how to practically deal with applied experimental aspects.

The seminar fee is 250,- € plus VAT, for students reduced to 190,- € plus VAT, and covers seminar documentation, snacks and drinks during breaks, lunch and the seminar dinner on the evening of the first seminar day. As an early bird you can book the seminar for the students fee and safe 24% if you register until 2 months before the seminar.

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Seminar dates

Please note that the currently planned seminars take place in the The DataPhysics Instruments GmbH headquarters in Filderstadt, Germany. For training opportunities in the United States please contact us directly or consider taking part in one of our webinars.

  • October 7 - 8, 2020

    Seminar with theory & practice

    In our seminar “Modern Measurement Techniques for Surface Chemistry” we provide you compactly, within two days, with an overview over different methods and measurement techniques used to analyse surfaces and interfaces. A well-balanced mixture between practically oriented theory and examples of application is guaranteed.

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Finding a reliable source of complementary knowledge may be key to the success of your projects. However, an individual cannot be expected to have all relevant application information at his/her fingertips. Hence, DataPhysics Instruments provides a selection of popular colloid and surface science literature. Moreover, we offer a substantial list of surface tensions of liquids and surface energies of solids as downloadable PDF.

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  • Books
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    • K.S. Birdi (Ed.): Handbook of Surface and Colloid Chemistry, CRC Press, Boca Raton, New York, 1997, ISBN 0-8493-945-7; 2nd Ed., 2002, ISBN 0-8493-1079-2
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    • P.C. Hiemenz, R. Rajagopalan: Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 3rd Ed., Marcel Dekker, New York, 1997, ISBN 0-8247-9397-8
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    • S. Hartland, R.W. Hartley: Axissymmetric Fluid-Liquid Interfaces, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1976, ISBN 0-4444-1396-0
    • K.L. Mittal (Ed): Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion, VSP, Utrecht, 1993, ISBN 90-6764-157-X
    • J.C. Berg: Wettability, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1993, ISBN 0-8247-9046-0
    • J. F. Padday (Ed.): Wetting, Spreading and Adhesion, Academic Press, New York, 1978, ISBN 0-1254-4350-1
    • M.E. Schrader, G. Loeb (Eds): Modern Approaches to Wettability, Plenum Press, New York, 1992, ISBN 0-3064-3985-9
    • A.I. Rusanov, V.A. Prokhorov: Interfacial Tensiometry, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1996, ISBN 0-444-92128-7
    • K.L. Mittal (Ed): Adsorption at Interfaces, 5th Ed., Wiley Interscience, New York, 1990, ISBN 0-8412-0249-4
    • S.S. Dukhin, G. Kretschmar, R. Miller: Dynamics of Adsorption at Liquid Interfaces, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1995, ISBN 0-444-88117-4
    • C.A. Miller, P. Neogi: Interfacial Phenomena, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1985, ISBN 0-8274-7490-6
    • C. Isenberg: The Science of Soap Films and Soap Bubbles, Dover Publ., New York, 1992, ISBN 0-486-26960-4
    • D. Möbius, R. Miller: Drops and Bubbles in Interfacial Research, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1998, ISBN 0-444-82894-X
    • N.R. Morrow (Ed): Interfacial Phenomena in Petroleum Recovery, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1990, ISBN 0-8274-8385-9
    • C.A. Croxton: Fluid Interfacial Phenomena, John Wiley, Chichester, 1986, ISBN 0-4719-0757-X
    • D.K. Chattoraj, K.S. Birdi: Adsorption and the Gibbs Surface Excess, Plenum Press, New York, 1984, ISBN 0-306-41334-5
    • K. Tsujii: Surface Activity - Principles, Phenomena, and Applications, Academic Press, San Diego, 1998, ISBN 0-12-702280-5
    • H.-F. Eicke: Interfacial Phenomena in Apolar Media, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1987, ISBN 0-8247-7506-6
    • T.F. Tadros: Surfactants, Academic Press, London, 1984, ISBN 0-12-682180-1
    • D. Myers: Surfactant Science and Technology, VCH Publishers, New York, 1988, ISBN 0-89573-339-0
    • K. Kosswig, H. Stache (Eds.): Die Tenside, C. Hanser Verlag, München, Wien, 1993, ISBN 3-446-16201-1
    • N.M. van Os, J.R. Haak, L.A.M. Rupert: Physio-chemical Properties of Selected Anionic, Cationic and Nonionic Surfactants, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1993, ISBN 0-444089691-0
    • M.J. Rosen: Surfactants and Interfacial Phenomena, 2nd Ed., John Wiley, New York, 1989, ISBN 0-471-83651-6
    • M.J. Rosen (Ed.): Structure performance relationships in surfactants, ACS, Washington, DC, 1984, ISBN 0-8412-0839-5
    • K.L. Mittal (Ed.): Surfactants in Solution, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1996, ISBN 0-8247-9792-2
    • P.M. Holland, D.N. Rubingh: Mixed Surfactant Systems, ACS, Washington D.C., 1992, ISBN 0-8412-2468-4
    • A.I. Rusanov: Micellization in Surfactant Solution, Gordon & Breach, New York, 1999, ISBN 90-5702-297-4
    • K. Holmberg, B. Jönsson, B. Lindman: Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solution, 2nd. Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, 2003, ISBN 0-471-49883
    • J.D. Andrade (Ed.): Surface and Interfacial Aspects of Biomedical Polymers, Vol.1: Surface chemistry and physics, Vol. 2: Protein adsorption, Plenum Press, New York, 1985, ISBN 0-306-41741-3 & 0-306-41742-1
    • M. Bender (Ed.): Interfacial Phenomena in Biological Systems, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1991, ISBN 0-8247-8436-7
    • D. Möbius, R. Miller: Proteins at Interfaces, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1998, ISBN 0-4448-2944-X
    • S. Magdassi: Surface Activity of Proteins: Chemical and Physicochemical Modifications, Dekker, New York, 1996, ISBN 0-8247-9532-6
    • M.N. Jones: Micelles, Monolayers, and Biomembranes, Wiley-Liss, New York, 1994, ISBN 0-471-56139-8
    • V.N. Kazakov, O.V. Sinyachenko, V.B. Fainerman, U.Pison, R. Miller: Dynamic Surface Tensiometry in Medicine, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2000, ISBN 0-4445-0411-7
    • I. Noda, D.N. Rubingh: Polymer Blends, Solutions, and Interfaces, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1992, ISBN 0-4448-9397-0
    • S.Wu: Polymer Interface and Adhesion, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1982, ISBN 0-8247-1533-0
    • K.L. Mittal (ed.): Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion, VSP, Utrecht, 1996, ISBN 90-6764-201-0
    • M.R. Piggott (Ed.): Interfaces in Composites, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1991, ISBN 1-85166-667-2
    • K.L. Mittal, H.R. Anderson (Eds): Acid-Base Interactions: Relevance to Adhesion Science and Technology, VSP, Utrecht 1991, ISBN 90-6764-135-9
    • L.H. Lee (Ed): Fundamentals of Adhesion, Plenum Press, New York, 1990, ISBN 0-3064-3470-9
    • W.C. Wake: Adhesion and Formulation of Adhesives, Elsevier, New York, 1982, ISBN 0-8533-4134-1
    • I. Skeist: Handbook of Adhesives, 3rd Ed., Chapman & Hall, New York, 1990, ISBN 0-412-09681-1
    • A.J. Kinloch: Adhesion and Adhesives, Chapman & Hall, London, 1987, ISBN 0-412-27440-X
    • A.F.M. Barton: Handbook of Solubility Parameters and Other Cohesion Parameters, CRC Press, Boca Raton, New York, 1991, ISBN 0-8493-0176-9
    • C.M. Hansen: Hansen Solubility Parameters, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2000, ISBN 0-8493-1525-5
    • H.J. Jakobasch: Oberflächenchemie faserbildender Polymere, Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 1984
    • I.B. Ivanov: Thin Liquid Films, Marcel Dekker, New York, Basel, 1988, ISBN 0-8247-7763-8
    • M.K. Sharma: Surface Phenomena and Additives in Water-Based Coatings and Printing Technology, Plenum Press, New York, 1992, ISBN 0-3064-4103-9
    • R.J. Stokes, D.F. Evans: Fundamentals of Interfacial Engineering, VCH, New York, 1996, ISBN 0-471-18647-3
    • K.L. Mittal: Surface and Colloid Science in Computer Technolgy, Plenum Press, New York, 1987, ISBN 0-306-42602-1
    • P.A. Kralchevsky, K. Nagayama: Particles at Fluid Interfaces and Membranes, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2001, ISBN 0-4445-0234-2
    • D.A. Edwards, H. Brenner, D.T. Wasan: Interfacial Transport Processes and Rheology, Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 1991, ISBN 0-7506-9185-9
    • A.W. Neumann, J.K. Spelt: Applied Surface Thermodynamics, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1996, ISBN 0-8274-9096-0
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  • Journals
    • Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Academic Press, New York, ISSN 0021-9797
    • Langmuir, American Chemical Society, Washington D.C., ISSN 0743-7463
    • Colloids and Surfaces A - Physicochemical and engineering aspects, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISSN 0927-7757
    • Colloids and Surfaces B - Biointerfaces, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISSN 0927-7765
    • Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISSN 0001-8686
    • Journal of Adhesion Science Technology, VNU Science Press, ISSN 0169-4243
    • International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISSN 0143-2691
    • Journal of Dispersion Science Technology, Marcel Dekker, New York, ISSN 0193-2691
    • Colloid Journal (engl. transl. of Kolloidnyi Zhurnal) Maik Nauka, Moscow/Interperiodica Publ., ISSN 0190-4337
    • Powder Technology, Elsevier, Amsterdam, ISSN 0032-5910
    • SIA Surface and Interface Analysis, Wiley, Chichester, ISSN 0142-2421
    • Trends in Colloid and Interfacial Science, Verlag Th. Steinkopff, Darmstadt, ISSN 0340-255X
    • Colloid & Polymer Science, Verlag Th. Steinkopff, Darmstadt, ISSN 0303-402X
    • Tenside, Surfactants, Detergents, Hanser Verlag, München, ISSN 0040-3490
    • SÖFW-Journal, Verlag für Chemische Industrie, Augsburg, ISSN 0173-5500