Master’s studies

Syllabus for Soft Materials and Colloidal Systems

Mjuka ytor och kolloidala system


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB355
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1N, Technology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2012-04-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 34, 2012
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 30 credits in chemistry. Physical Chemistry Including Thermodynamics, 10 credits, is recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • account for phase relations and phase structure in self-associating lipid and surfactant systems
  • account for thermodynamic, electrostatic and mechanical aspects on the stability of colloidal solutions
  • describe some common techniques used to study structure, interaction and dynamics in colloidal solutions
  • account in oral and written form for surface and colloid chemical problems
  • describe how self-associating colloidal systems can be utilised for technical applications within the areas of medicine/pharmacy and materials science.


Self-associated lipid and surfactant systems, phase relations, phase structure and liquid crystalline phases. Micelles, vesicles and biological membranes. Static and dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy. Colloidal solutions, steric stabilisation, surface forces and polymer adsorption. Technical applications of self-associated and colloidal systems.


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


Written and/or oral theoretical examination is organised at the end of the course. Passed project/seminar assignment and passed laboratory work is required for a pass grade. Written examination corresponds to 3 credits. Seminar/project presentations and laboratory sessions corresponds to 2 credits. The final grade is based on a combination of the results obtained the theoretical examination and the laboratory sessions.

Other directives

Can not be included in higher education qualification together with Colloid and Interface Chemistry, 7.5 credits

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 34, 2012

  • Almgren, Mats: Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Interfaces, kompendium.

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