Professor Boris Vladimirovich Derjaguin (or Deryagin; Russian: Бори́с Влади́мирович Деря́гин) (9 August 1902, Moscow – 16 May 1994) was one of the renowned Soviet/Russian chemists of the twentieth century. As a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences he laid the foundation of the modern science of colloids and surfaces. An epoch in the development of the physical chemistry of colloids and surfaces is associated with his name.
Derjaguin became famous in scientific circles for his work on the stability of colloids and thin films of liquids which is now known as the DLVO theory, after the initials of its authors: Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek. It is universally included in text books on colloid chemistry and is still widely applied in modern studies of interparticle forces in colloids. In particular, the Derjaguin approximation is widely used in order to approximate the interaction between curved surfaces from a knowledge of the interaction for planar ones.
Derjaguin was also briefly involved in polywater research during the 1960s and early 1970s. This field claimed that if water was heated then cooled in quartz capillaries, it took on astonishing new properties. Eventually, the scientists who were involved in polywater admitted it did not exist, claiming they were misled by poorly designed experiments (Derjaguin rejected polywater in 1973).
He is also known for having hotly rejected some of the then-new ideas of adhesion as presented by the Western bloc in the 1970s. His model came to be known as the DMT (after Derjaguin, Muller and Toporov) model, while the model presented by Western bloc scientists came to be known as the JKR (after Johnson, Kendall and Roberts) model for adhesive elastic contact. This rejection proved to be instrumental in the development of the Tabor and later Maugis parameters that quantify which contact model (of the JKR and DMT models) represent adhesive contact better for specific materials.
From 1980 onwards
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1980). "Analytical calculation of repulsion forces arising when the non-ionic diffuse adsorption layers are overlapped". Colloid and Polymer Science. 258 (4): 433–438. doi:10.1007/BF01480837.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1980). "Structural and thermodynamic peculiarities of the boundary layers of liquids". Pure and Applied Chemistry. 52 (5): 1163–1178. doi:10.1351/pac198052051163.
- Deryagin, B. V. (1982). "Certain results obtained in research on long-range surface forces". Russian Chemical Bulletin. 31 (8): 1528–1532. doi:10.1007/BF00956886.
- Deryagin, B. V. (1987). "Modern state of the investigation of long-range surface forces". Langmuir. 3 (5): 601–606. doi:10.1021/la00077a001.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1987). "Some results from 50 years' research on surface forces". Surface Forces and Surfactant Systems. Steinkopff Verlag. pp. 17–30. ISBN 978-3-7985-0745-6. doi:10.1007/BFb0109369.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1988). "Mechanical properties of the boundary lubrication layer". Wear. 128 (1): 19–27. doi:10.1016/0043-1648(88)90250-5.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1989). "The influence of surface forces on the formation of structural peculiarities in the boundary layers of liquids and boundary phases". Colloids and Surfaces. 38 (1): 49–60. doi:10.1016/0166-6622(89)80142-8.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1989). Theory of Stability of Colloids and Thin Films. Plenum Press. ISBN 978-0-306-11022-1. OCLC 18959853. OL 10322147M.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1992). "On the question of development of the thermodynamics of the systems with thin (non-gibbsian) interlayers: Methods for determination of the thermodynamic thickness of thin interlayers". Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. 40: 191–200. doi:10.1016/0001-8686(92)80076-A.
- Deryagin, B. V. (1992). "Summary of development of the theory of stability of colloids and thin films". Russian Chemical Bulletin. 41 (8): 1321–1328. doi:10.1007/BF00864326.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1993). "Amendment of Archimedes' principle". Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 81: 289–290. doi:10.1016/0927-7757(93)80257-F.
- Derjaguin, B. V. (1993). "The world of neglected thicknesses and its place and role in nature and technology". Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 79 (1): 1–9. doi:10.1016/0927-7757(93)80154-7.
- Derjaguin, B. V. & Churaev, N. V. (1973). "Nature of “anomalous water”". Nature. 244 (5416): 430–431. doi:10.1038/244430a0.
- D. Maugis, Contact, Adhesion and Rupture of Elastic Solids, Springer-Verlag, Solid-State Sciences, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-540-66113-1
- B. V. Derjaguin, V. M. Muller and Y. P. Toporov, "Effect of contact deformations on the adhesion of particles", J. Colloid Interface Sci. 53 (1975), pp. 314-325
- K. L. Johnson, K. Kendall and A. D. Roberts, "Surface energy and the contact of elastic solids", Proc. R. Soc. London A 324 (1971), pp. 301-313
- D. Tabor, "The hardness of solids", Rev. Phys. Technol. 1 (1970), pp. 145-179
- D. Tabor, "Surface forces and surface interactions", J. Colloid Interface Sci. 58 (1977), pp. 2-13
- D. Maugis, "Adhesion of spheres: The JKR-DMT transition using a Dugdale model", J. Colloid Interface Sci. 150 (1992), pp. 243-269