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Surface and Colloid Chemistry

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Objectives and Content


The course aims to provide basic knowledge of surface- and colloid chemistry from a physical-chemical perspective.


The course contains a thorough description of interfacial phenomenon in which the central themes are surface tension, interfacial tension, adsorption, capillarity, wetting, contact angle and electrostatic characteristics of the interfaces. Colloidal systems are thoroughly described and mechanism for colloidal stability and interactions between colloidal particles are reviewed. Furthermore, the course deals with structure and characteristics of the self-associated amphiphilic molecules, so-called surfactants.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM214 the student will be have the following learning outcomes defined as knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student can:

  • define and explain surface- and interfacial phenomena.
  • describe and explain different types of colloidal systems.
  • Describe interactions between colloidal particles and explain colloidal stability and instability.
  • describe structure and properties of self-associating systems.
  • perform numeric calculations of physical-chemical quantities.


The student can:

  • provide a graphical representation of experimental data.
  • evaluate experimental data in relation to relevant theory.
  • use relevant theory to analyze practical problems.

General competence:

The student can:

  • reflect on the different solutions for a specific problem.
  • express oneself in a scientifically correct manner.

Required Previous Knowledge

General chemistry and KJEM 210 (principles of chemical thermodynamics)

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K214: 10 ECTS, K214A: 10 ECTS

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given as lectures and exercises

In total 4 hours pr. Week in 14 weeks.

Forms of Assessment

Digital written exam taken home.

Examination Support Material

Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Please contact the Department of Chemistry: studieveileder@kj.uib.no / post@kj.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    07.12.2022, 09:00
    4 hours
    Examination system
    Digital exam