About the book
Microemulsions are self-aggregated colloidal systems formed by three or four components (continuous phase, dispersed phase and surfactant film -with the presence or not of a cosurfactant-). In them, micro drops of the dispersed phase are established within a continuous phase through the different surface agents used. These aggregate systems, that form spontaneously with the appropriate composition, have a large number of applications from the scientific and technological point of view. In this book we intend to compile an update of the knowledge about these aggregates both from their stability and properties (structure, stability, phase behavior and different microemulsions properties) and from the different applications in the world of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, agriculture and food technology and in the field of the new materials. Thus, we intend to address aspects related to solubilization and extraction process, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, chemical reactions and microheterogeneous catalysis or its role as templates in nanomaterials synthesis.