Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • William M. Irvine
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_33-3


Adsorption is the accumulation of molecules from the gas phase, or more generally from any fluid (adsorption operates in liquids as well as gases), onto a solid surface, e.g., of an interstellar dust grain. The molecules may be bound by physical (van der Waals), electrostatic, or chemical (e.g., hydrogen bonding) forces.

See Also


Hydrogen Bonding Bioorganic Chemistry Solid Surface Interstellar Dust 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Massachusetts, Lederle Graduate Research Tower B 619EAmherstUSA