Master’s studies

Syllabus for Colloid and Interface Chemistry

Yt- och kolloidkemi


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB303
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G2F, Technology G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits chemistry including Chemical Principles I/Basic Chemistry, 10 credits, as well as Physical Chemistry I, 5 credits, or The Basic Principles of Chemistry, 15 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • discuss fundamental concepts in surface chemistry as well as analyse and carry out calculations of surface chemical problems relevant to these concepts
  • discuss and account for factors that affect phase behaviour and aggregation structure in self-associating systems
  • analyse and solve problems calculations concerning thermodynamic and electrostatic properties of colloids
  • account for how electrokinetic effects arise and carry out calculations of corresponding properties
  • give examples of how the different parts of the course are linked to activities within society and industry
  • carry out risk and safety assessments for laboratory work as well as discuss and document laboratory in written form the contents and results of the laboratory sessions


Surface thermodynamics, surface tension and surface adsorption. Wetting and contact angle. Electric double layers and electrokinetic processes. Micells and self-associating systems. Interactions between colloidal particles. Polymer adsorption and steric stabilisation. Technical applications of systems containing surface active components and colloids.


Lectures, teaching sessions, seminars, laboratory sessions and projects.


Seminars (2 credits), laboratory exercises (2 credits) as well as project with oral presentation and written report (3 credits) during the course. Written examination at the end of the course (3 credits). The final grade is based on a weighted sum of performances in the written examination, seminars and laboratory exercises.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2015

  • Pashley, Richard M.; Karaman, Marilyn E. Applied colloid and surface chemistry

    Chichester: Wiley, cop. 2004

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