The work of adhesion per unit area,
is the work done on the system when two condensed phases α and β,
forming an interface
of unit area are separated reversibly to form unit areas of each of the αδ- and βδ-
between two bulk phases
α, β; α, δ and β, δ respectively.
The work of adhesion as defined above, and traditionally used, may be called the work
PAC, 1972, 31, 577
(Manual of Symbols and Terminology for Physicochemical Quantities and Units, Appendix
II: Definitions, Terminology and Symbols in Colloid and Surface Chemistry)
on page 597
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