Professor Emeritus Publishes New Book

Professor Emeritus Steven Girshick is the author of a new book, Nucleation of Particles from the Gas Phase, published in June 2024 by Cambridge University Press. 


Formation of small solid and liquid particles is vital for a variety of natural and technological phenomena, from the evolution of the universe, through atmospheric air pollution and global climate change. Despite its importance, nucleation is still not well understood, and this unique book addresses that need. It develops the theory of nucleation from first principles in a comprehensive and clear way, and uniquely brings together classical theory with contemporary atomistic approaches. Important real-world situations are considered, and insight is given into cases typically not considered such as particle formation in flames and plasmas. Written by an author with more than 35 years of experience in the field, this will be an invaluable reference for senior undergraduates and graduate students in a number of disciplines, as well as for researchers in fields ranging from climate science and astrophysics to design of systems for semiconductor processing and materials synthesis.

  • Develops the theory of nucleation from first principles, accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students in any field of science or engineering
  • Unifies nucleation theory, bringing together classical theory with contemporary atomistic approaches that other texts have not considered
  • Covers a wide range of real-world situations where nucleation is important, a comprehensive book covering all essentials and presenting new insight



"This book on particle nucleation from the gas phase is remarkably valuable as both an introduction to the field as well as a succinct summary of the current literature. The treatment strikes an appropriate balance between rigor and readability. Highly recommended." David Graves, Princeton University

"Nucleation dynamics, critical to a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, find a unified treatment in this text. Bridging diverse fields, it lays the groundwork for understanding gas-phase nucleation - a key phenomenon influencing climate change, technological processes, and beyond. This book provides a comprehensive foundation across disciplines, serving as the definitive guide for students and researchers alike. Offering insights into both classical theories and modern approaches, it promises to be an indispensable resource, fostering connections and advancing knowledge in a critical yet underexplored field." A. M. Boies, University of Cambridge

"Nucleation of Particles from the Gas Phase" is an essential text for scientists and engineers looking to understand both the fundamental theories describing homogeneous nucleation, as well as state-of-the-art atomistic models and more complex multicomponent routes to nucleation. The entire text is written at a level appropriate to introduce senior-level undergraduate students and graduate students in engineering, physics, and chemistry to classical nucleation theory. This book is also an excellent reference text, as each chapter briefly reviews prior chapters, and introduces material in a self-contained manner." Chris Hogan, University of Minnesota