Surface free energy contribution to cell interactions

  • C. J. van Oss
Part of the Springer Series in Biophysics book series (BIOPHYSICS, volume 5)


The quantitative distinction between, and the measurement of, apolar and polar surface tension components and parameters of liquids and solids has become possible in the late 1980s. Using the Lifshitz approach, it could be demonstrated that the surface tension components associated with the three electrodynamic (van der Waals) interactions, i.e., the dispersion (London), induction (Debye) and orientation (Keesom) forces, follow the same equations and should be treated in the same manner (Chaudhury, 1984; van Oss et al.. 1988a). These are the apolar interactions which, together, are designated as Lifshitz-van der Waals (LW) interactions. Once this matter was clarified, the entirely distinct polar, i.e., electron-acceptor/electron-donor, or Lewis acid-base (AB) interactions could be studied as separate phenomena that follow a different set of equations (van Oss et al., 1987a; 1988a,b).


Interfacial Tension Contact Angle Measurement Interfacial Free Energy Hamaker Constant Secondary Minimum 
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  1. 1.Departments of Microbiology and Chemical EngineeringState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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