chapter 1. Introduction to surface and colloid chemistry: recent advances and general remarks / K.S. Birdi -- chapter 2. Molecular thermodynamics of hydrogen-bonded systems / 145 Ioannis Tsivintzelis and Costas G. Panayiotou -- chapter 3. Thermodynamics of polymer solutions / Georgios M. Kontogeorgis and Nicolas von Solms -- chapter 4. Chemical physics of colloid systems and interfaces / Peter A. Kralchevsky and Krassimir D. Danov -- chapter 5. Subsurface colloidal fines, behavior, characterization, and their role in groundwater contamination / Tushar Kanti Sen and Chittaranjan Ray -- chapter 6. Activated carbon adsorption in water treatment / Liang Yan, Qiuli Lu, and George A. Sorial -- chapter 7. Solvation in heterogeneous media / Sanjib Bagchi -- chapter 8. Water purification devices : state-of-the-art review / V.S. Gevod and I.L. Reshetnyak -- chapter 9. Thermally sensitive particles : preparation, characterization, and application in the biomedical field / Abdelhamid Elassari and Waisudin Badri -- chapter 10. Microemulsions and their applications in drug delivery / Ziheng Wang and Rajinder Pal -- chapter 11. Adhesion and wetting : a quantum mechanics-based approach / Costas G. Panayiotou -- chapter 12. Surface chemistry of oil recovery (enhanced oil recovery) / K.S. Birdi -- chapter 13. A review of polymer-surfactant interactions / Ali A. Mohsenipour and Rajinder Pal.