TKP4115 - Surface and Colloid Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

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, and a simple computer program is created. 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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination may change from written to oral.

Course materials

"Introduction to Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry" G.M.Kontogeorgis, S.Kiil. Handouts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2020 7.5
KP8905 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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