work of adhesion

Also contains definition of: work of separation
https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.W06687
The work of adhesion per unit area, \(w_{\text{A}}^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B2} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }\), is the work done on the system when two condensed phases α and β, forming an @[email protected] of unit area are separated reversibly to form unit areas of each of the αδ- and βδ- interfaces. \[w_{\text{A}}^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B2} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }=\gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }+\gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B2} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }- \gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B2} }\] where \(\gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B2} }\), \(\gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B1} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }\) and \(\gamma ^{\unicode[Times]{x3B2} \unicode[Times]{x3B4} }\) are the @[email protected] 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 of separation.
Source:
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 [Terms] [Paper]