Syllabus for Colloid and Interface Chemistry

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 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), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-10-29
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2011
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits Chemistry including Chemical Principles I, Physical Chemistry I, 5 credits, or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2011

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

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

    Chichester: Wiley, cop. 2004

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26