On completion of the course, the student should be able to
discuss and analyse surface chemical problems where surface energy, surface adsorption, adhesion, cohesion and wetting are included as important components
carry out calculations on systems where surface tension, surface activity and intermolecular interaction constitute important properties
account for and carry out calculations concerning thermodynamic and electrostatic properties of colloids
discuss how electrokinetic effects arise and be able to carry out calculations of corresponding properties
give examples of how the different parts of the course are linked to activities within society and industry
document laboratory work and in written/oral form be able to discuss 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. 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.
Written examination organised during the course and/or at the end of the course (5 HE credits). Laboratory sessions with presentations (2 HE credits) and projects (3 HE credits). The final grade is based on the results of the written examination in combination with the performance during the laboratory sessions.