How can we explaine the adhesion force?

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Hello,

How can we explain the adhesion force between two different materials, for instance Glass and honey, or glass and water. if we put a droplet of honey why it does stick more firmly than a droblet of water? what are the forces reponsible on that ?
I'm looking to atomic scale explanation if it is possible.

the attached link gives an experiment on reducing the adhesion force, but I don't have any explanation :confused: .

ww.memsuniverse.com/?p=234

I would appreciate if you can help :smile: .

Many thanks.

NEMS
 

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Andy Resnick
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We do not yet have a good theory for wetting. That is different than adhesion, BTW. And neither has anything to do with viscosity.

Wetting behavior correlates with interfacial energy- we are unable to calculate interfacial energies from first principles, but there are some general chemical and physical principles we can use to manipulate the interfacial energy (chemical composition, temperature, etc).
 

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