Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 1032–1051 | Cite as

Principal component analysis and multicomponent surface free energy theories


The same underlying mathematical structure characterizes some of the most popular multicomponent models for the prediction of surface free energies and adhesion works. After a brief illustration of the general methods for the computation of liquid and solid components in typical multicomponent theories, it is shown that both model definition and component estimate may take great advantage from application of Principal Component Analysis techniques, owing to the very peculiar structure of adhesion work equations. It is also put into evidence that a problem of scale multiplicity arises as a consequence of the symmetries involved in the model equations for adhesion work and surface free energy. A special discussion is devoted to the specific cases of van Oss–Chaudhury–Good acid–base theory, Qin–Chang model and extended Drago theory, which constitute the most common multicomponent models usually applied in the analysis of adhesion phenomena.


multicomponent acid-base theories van Oss–Chaudhury–Good theory Principal Component Analysis (PCA) 

AMS classification

80A17 80A99 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Engineering and Industrial TechnologiesUniversity of TrentoPovoItaly

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