TKP4115 - Surface and Colloid Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Skriftlig eksamen 100/100 4 timer

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Third Edition, P.C.Hiemenz and R.Rajagopalan. Handouts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KP8905 7.5 01.09.2013
SIK2020 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2016

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English


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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Skriftlig eksamen 100/100 2016-06-02 09:00
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer KONT Muntlig eksamen 100/100 2016-08-18
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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