KP8129 - Colloid Chemistry for Process Industry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

the course is given every second year, next autumn 2023. The course gives an introduction to how surface and colloid chemical phenomena influence industrial processes. The most important topics that are covered are flow assurance, separation and processing of oil and water. Phenomena that are described in the course include mechanisms for asphaltene and wax precipitation, formation and stabilization of gas hydrates, separation of oil/water/gas, stabilization and destabilization of water-in-crude oil and crude oil-in-water emulsions, electro-coalescence and functionality of various oil field chemicals (inhibitors, demulsifiers, defoamers, wetting agents, etc.). Other processes that are covered are pulp and paper technology, where surface chemistry for wood and cellulose fibers as well as dissolved and colloidal components in the process fluids are described, and the significance of surfactants and polymers in industrial applications such as food, detergents, paints and cosmetics. Here, an introduction to interactions between surfactants and polymers in aqueous solutions will be given; both with respect to intermolecular interactions and phase behavior/separation, as well as adsorption of surfactants and polymers onto solid surfaces. An introduction to the main principles of modern instrumentation for characterization of surface and colloid chemical phenomena will also be given.

Learning outcome

To provide an understanding of industrial applications of surface and colloid chemistry.

Learning methods and activities


Course materials

Given at course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KP8123 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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