Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_12806

n (1913) The ability of a solid surface to accept contact of and by a liquid, allowing it to spread freely and completely cover the surface. Wettability is closely linked to the equality of components of surface energy and  Surface Tension of the solid and liquid involved. If the surface is wettable by the liquid, the contact angle of a droplet on the surface will be less than 10°. (Surface and Interfacial Tension, Hartland, S. ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL 2004; Surface Analysis Methods in Materials Science, O’Conner, D. J. J., Smart, R. S., and Sexton, B. A., Springer-Verlag, New York, 2003)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA