Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Adhesion Technology

pp 65-91

Wetting of Solids

  • Martin E. R. ShanahanAffiliated withInstitut de Mécanique et d’Ingénierie-Bordeaux (I2M), Université de Bordeaux Email author 
  • , Wulff PossartAffiliated withChair for Adhesion and Interphases in Polymers, Saarland University


The contact between a solid and a liquid involves the phenomenon of wetting. This is the intuitive, intimate contact between the two phases. We consider here thermodynamic aspects of wetting, which involves three phases in fact, since the environment must be taken into account. Methods for determining wetting characteristics are discussed.


Contact angles phase boundaries thermodynamics wetting