Simple measurement of surface free energy using a web cam


In this paper we describe a simple and pedagogical experiment to measure surface free energy (SFE), which is a mainstream subject to teach undergraduate and graduate level Physics science. Beyond this, the advantage of this work relies on the simplicity of the materials used, namely non-harmful and low cost products such as water, glycerol, ethylene glycol and propanol, offering a useful pedagogical opportunity to discuss basic but relevant concepts regarding surface science phenomena. As example, contact angle measurements were used to estimate SFE and the wetting behavior of distinct solid surfaces such as glass and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Teflon (R)).



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Education & Educational Research; Physics


Vicente, CMS; Andre, PS; Ferreira, RAS

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