KP8905 - Surface- and Colloid Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 20/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours D
Home exam 80/100 4 hours

Course content

The course consists of lectures and guided exercises. In the lectures, a survey of various colloidal systems (suspensions, emulsions, self-assembly systems) is given. An introduction into interfacial phenomena (surface tension, wetting, adsorption and the electrical double layer) and intermolecular (van der Waals) forces of significance for colloidal stability is given. Fundamental principles for experimental methods for measuring the phenomena are presented.
Examples of the practical significance of colloidal systems in everyday life and industrial processes are provided. The guided exercises consists of computational and theoretical exercises related to principles and theories presented in the lectures.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the studens should be able to:
- Describe colloidal systems and interfacial phenomena.
- Describe fundamental principles and theories for stabilisation/destabilisation of colloidal systems.
- Analysis and quantitative determination of the interfacial phenomena and behaviour of colloidal systems, using fundamental principles and theories, as well as basic knowledge within chemistry, physics and mathematics.
- Identify problems in industrial processes with origin in surface and colloid chemistry.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and guided exercises, of which 5 of 9 are compulsory. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination may change from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

"Introduction toApplied Colloid and Surfice Chemistry" G.M.Kontogeorgis, S.Kiil. Handouts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4115 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Approved report 20/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 80/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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