Eli Ruckenstein is a State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Professor at the SUNY at Buffalo. He has published more than 1000 papers in numerous areas of engineering science and has received a large number of awards from the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Ruckenstein has also received the Founders Gold Medal Award from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Medal of Science from President Clinton. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. Gersh Berim earned his PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Kazan State University in Russia in 1978. He has authored or coauthored 70+ papers. His research interests include statics, kinetics, and dynamics of low-dimensional spin systems, kinetic theory of nucleation, and wetting at the nanoscale. Since 2001, he has been working in the group of Dr. Ruckenstein at SUNY at Buffalo. Previously, he was a visiting research scholar at the Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin of the University of Campinas, Brazil (1995-1996), and at the Institute of Theoretical Physics I of the University of Erlangen, Germany (1998-2000).
The book covers a wide range of aspects of nucleation. It forms a critical mass by presenting so many issues in one place. -Abraham Marmur, Technion -Israel Institute of Technology ... well written and provides deep insight into the nucleation theory. ... a fantastic tool for understanding the modern way of describing various processes of nucleation. -Reinhard Miller, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany This book represents a comprehensive collection of the seminal papers on the nucleation phenomena published over the years by Professor Eli Ruckenstein and his coworkers...The book provides an indispensable resource of brilliantly written papers, each of which contains original ideas and methods. Reading these papers will help young researchers to better understand the methodology of science and learn the principles of the kinetic theory, which can be applied to diverse interfacial phenomena in nature, technology, and medicine. -Alexander V. Neimark, Ph.D, D.Sc., Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA