Surfaces and Colloids 7.5 Credits

Ytor och kolloider
First cycle, M0004K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 19 Jan 2016

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 02 Nov 2017

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Chemical Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and The courses M0031M Linear Algebra and Differential Equations and K0010K Physical Chemistry or corresponding and good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is that the student, after completion of the course, should:

- be able to define and explain basic surface and colloidal concepts such as for instance surface energy, surface potential, coagulation, capillary condensation, viscosity and hydrophobicity

- describe diffusion and light scattering properties of colloidal particles

- explain the association properties of surfactants, i.e. how they form aggregates in water

- discuss phenomena related to adsorption in interfaces between different phases such as air-water, solid-water and solid-gas phases

- apply the DLVO theory and explain factors that influence colloidal stability i.e. how to prevent or facilitate aggregation

- identify and categorise expressions within rheology and be able to describe factors that influence viscosity

- relate surface and colloid chemical theory to various applications in industrial processes

- formulate mathematical solutions to simple surface and colloid chemical problems, linked to the phenomena covered in the theoretical parts of the course


The subject matter of the course covers; the colloidal state, kinetic and optical properties, adsorption equilibria at the interface between different phases, charged interfaces, colloidal stability, and emulsions and foams. The theory is applied during laboratory and calculation exercises. In the examination, both theoretical knowledge and applications in the form of calculation examples are tested.


The course is presented in the form of lectures, exercise sessions and laboratory exercises. Theory and practical exercises are weighed together, so that the theoretical contents are applied in the laboratory work and exercises. The students are expected to actively take part lectures as well as exercises. Lectures with an active dialog are always more fruitful both for the student and the teacher. Therefore, also small exercises and discussions will be arranged as part of the theoretical lectures. This gives the teacher greater opportunities to ensure that students are absorbing the theoretical information and the possibility to correct if there are any misunderstandings. Student cooperation is recommended! Exercises and laboratory assignments are aimed at giving a more concrete feeling for the theory and its links to practical applications.


Approved laboratory reports, participation in exercise sessions and an approved written examination are prerequisites for an approved course. Both theory and calculation exercises are included in the exam. In the examination, assignments are planned to not only challenge the student’s ability to analytically deal with surface chemistry problems and answer theoretical questions, but also to contribute to deeper understanding of the subject. The examination should be considered as a learning opportunity. Differentiated grades are applied. Grade scale: 3 4 5


Study guidance is available on Canvas in the corresponding room.

Transition terms

The course is equal to K7002K

Faiz Ullah Shah

Transition terms
The course M0004K is equal to K7002K

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Shaw, D. J.: Introduction to Colloid and Surface Chemistry, latest edition.
Compendia: Problems and laboratory instructions.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam5.0TG G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory report1.5TG U G#
0003Calculation assignments1.0TG U G#