This book was made possible through the support of my family, Ann Marie, Katherine, Victoria, and my parents, all of whom have provided consistent encouragement and support.
I thank my colleagues who invested considerable time and effort reviewing earlier editions of this book and contributing comments and suggestions. There are too many such colleagues to list here but Randy Mikula, Elaine Stasiuk, Susan Kutay, and the late Karin Mannhardt and Loren Hepler were especially helpful. I also thank the staff of Wiley & Sons Inc. and Wiley-VCH, especially Darla Henderson, Karin Sora, Reinhold Weber, Stefanie Volk, and Natalie Wong.
Even in the modern electronic and Internet age there remains a need for major research libraries with substantive collections of scientific and engineering books and periodicals. In the preparation of this book, my work was greatly assisted by the collections of the libraries of the University of Calgary, Carleton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Alberta, Memorial University, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI).
Because there are so many different, specialized references to aspects of colloidal systems, nano-, and microtechnology in industrial practice, some important terms will inevitably have been missed. I will greatly appreciate it if readers would take the trouble to inform me of any significant errors or omissions.
December 2013 Laurier L. Schramm