Surface Energy of Solids: Selection of Effective Substrates for Bioadhesion in Aqueous Media


Gdynia Maritime University, Morska 81-87, 81-225 Gdynia, Poland, Faculty of Marine Engineering, Department of Physics


University of Gdańsk, Wita Stwosza 57, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Institute of Experimental Physics


Surface wettability of model solids of different hydrophobicity (from hydrophilic to hydrophobic) in contact with an aqueous medium was determined by measuring the dynamic contact angles (CA) using common techniques: sessile drop, inclined plate and captive bubble. The surface wettability energetics parameters: contact angle hysteresis (CAH), 2D adhesive layer pressure, surface free energy (SFE) and work values of cohesion, adhesion and spreading were determined using the formalism proposed by Chibowski [2003]. CA values depended on the technique used and experimental conditions (flow numbers, spatial heterogeneity and roughness of the sample). The most effective substrates for testing bioadhesion on solids submerged in aqueous media were hydrophilic surfaces (SFE ~ 40–58 mJ m-2; CAH ~ 16–20 mN m-1).

wettability process energetics, surface adsorption, contact angle hysteresis, bioadhesion, surface energy
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Katarzyna Boniewicz-Szmyt

Citation pattern: Boniewicz-Szmyt K., Pogorzelski S., Surface Energy of Solids: Selection of Effective Substrates for Bioadhesion in Aqueous Media , Scientific Journal of Gdynia Maritime University, No. 112, pp. 7-22, 2019

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