[Biofilms] Surface energy - meaning?

John Brooks via biofilms%40net.bio.net (by brooksjd At hkucc.hku.hk)
Thu Nov 30 04:18:55 EST 2006


Have a look at Wendy C. Duncan-Hewitt's paper "Nature of the hydrophobic 
effect" in Microbial Cell Surface Hydrophobicity, Doyle, R.J. & 
Rosenberg, M. (Eds).  1990 Am. Soc. Microbiol.

It's not easy going, but explained a lot for me.

Regards
John

Alfred Ogola Okello wrote:
> Dear Sir,
>  
> Ref: http://www.bio.net/bionet/mm/biofilms/1998-September/000364.html
>  
> I am having trouble understanding the concept of surface energy (SE). 
> SE seems to mean the same thing as bonding potentiel.
> What confuses me is that while hydrophobicity increases as SE 
> decreases, adhesion seems to increases. Why does adhesion increase 
> when the bonding potentiel (SE)decreases. I thought that the trend 
> should be the reverse. Moreover, I think that it contradicts the 
> hydrophobicity theory: adhesion of water decreases as the SE decreases.
>  
> Please make it clear for me; maybe I am missing out on something.
>  
> Best regards,
>  
> Alfred
>
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