Is there a term/quantity which shows how 'sticky/adsorptive' a molecule is? I am interested in gas adsorption on steel surfaces in our mass spectrometer and would like to estimate which gases have a higher propensity to adsorb.
The term you are looking for is "adsorption enthalpy". However calculating that value will depend on a variety of factors mainly the absorbate and substrate, but it is not that simple. The surface structure of substrates matters and a $$ oriented crystallographic face will have a different adsorption enthalpy with a given absorbate that say a $$ crystallographic face.
I suggest you study this more, namely the Langmuir adsorption model and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller Theory (BET). Especially since BET is a popular technique to measure adsorption.
$\begingroup$ Okay, so there is no simple way of estimating this gas is stickier than that gas provided we talk about the same absorbent,or? $\endgroup$– ZorgOct 14, 2018 at 16:14
$\begingroup$ @Zorg Critical point is quite useful in that sense. A least you can have some idea form the boiling point of the molecule. $\endgroup$– NandoOct 18, 2018 at 14:38