Some Problems Related to the Surface Thermodynamics of “Solid Electrodes”

  • Gyözö G. Láng
  • Cesar A. Barbero
Part of the Monographs in Electrochemistry book series (MOEC)


In this chapter, existing thermodynamic theories for solid–liquid interfaces are critically reviewed. The definition of the “generalized surface intensive parameter” is discussed. Some critical remarks have been made concerning the approach generally used in the literature. A brief review of the derivation of the “generalized Lippmann equation” held to be valid generally for solid electrodes is given. Special attention has been paid to the mathematical consequences of the homogeneous property of the fundamental equation. Inconsistencies in the derivation are cited. Problems related to the so-called “surface Gibbs−Duhem equation” are discussed. Some remarks concerning a recent theoretical debate on the derivation of the Shuttleworth equation are also included.


Liquid Interface Surface Stress Fundamental Equation Homogeneous Function Extensive Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. ChemistryEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentUniversidad Nacional de Rio CuartoRio Cuarto CórdobaArgentina

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