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Department of Chemistry

Lund University

Advanced surface and colloid chemistry (NKE015F) 15 ECTS (former NAKE013)

Course description

The aim of the course is to enable the participants to acquire in-depth physicochemical knowledge in the field of surface and colloid chemistry from a molecular perspective and a quantitative understanding of selected fundamental colloidal and interfacial phenomena.

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the course, the participants shall be able to:

  • explain the self-association of amphiphilic molecules and the underlying thermodynamics
  • explain the concept of surface energy and relate it to interfacial phenomena
  • explain electrostatic interactions in molecular and colloidal systems
  • describe the structure and properties of micelles of amphiphilic molecules
  • describe the various forces acting between colloidal aggregates and how they control colloidal stability
  • describe the properties of amphiphilic bilayer systems
  • explain the effects of polymers in colloidal systems
  • describe the structure and properties of micro- and macroemulsions
  • explain phase equilibria and describe phase diagrams
  • describe some applications, primarily biological and technological, where the above-mentioned systems and phenomena are central

Competence and skills

On completion of the course, the participants shall be able to:

  • compile and analyse experimental data and summarise them in a written report
  • present and discuss research articles in the subject area
  • apply conceptual understanding within surface and colloid chemistry to understand and explain everyday phenomena

Judgement and approach

On completion of the course, the participants shall be able to:

  • propose qualitative molecular interpretations of properties and phenomena of complex systems in applications
  • identify and independently acquire the knowledge required to implement a project in surface and colloid chemistry

Syllabus

Syllabus Advanced surface and colloid chemistry (PDF, 437 kB, new tab)

Course content

The theoretical component contains lectures and tutorials that treat surface and colloid chemistry from a molecular physicochemical perspective. Key themes comprise the self-association of amphiphilic molecules, polymers in colloidal systems, phase equilibria in solutions, interfacial phenomena, and electrostatic interactions between molecules and surfaces with applications in colloidal stability.

The practical component consists of laboratory classes, computer exercises and a literature exercise. The laboratory classes introduce central experimental techniques in surface and colloid chemistry and are designed to, together with the computer exercises, illustrate central phenomena treated in the theoretical component. The literature exercise includes literature searches in a database, oral presentation of a research article and participation in discussions at the oral presentations.

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Course coordinator

Joakim Stenhammar
Divsion of Physical chemistry
joakim.stenhammar@fkem1.lu.se