Coatings Technology Handbook, Second Edition, edited by D. Satas and Arthur A. Tracton, Marcel-Dekker, Inc., New York, 2001, 902 pp., ISBN: 0-8247-0439-8, $225.00

D. Satas and Arthur Tracton have undertaken a very broad task of gathering an abundance of information on coatings and compiling it in one reference work. They have done a very good job in organizing a chapter authors roster that spans the industrial world, i.e., those who produce coatings, those who use them, and those who evaluate them. The book is comprised of one hundred four (104) chapters organized into four (4) parts as follows: Fundamentals and Testing, Coating and Processing Techniques, Materials, and Surface Coatings. For brevity, reviews and comments are made on only several of the chapters in each part.

Within Part 1 (Fundamentals and Testing), Chapter 1, written by Dr. Ken Gilleo, discusses rheology and surface chemistry. As...

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