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Postgraduate course

Surface and Colloid Chemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeKJEM214
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Main content

Teaching semester


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)

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K214: 10 ECTS, K214A: 10 ECTS

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given as lectures and exercises

In total 4 hours pr. Week in 14 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory written exercises. Participation in minimum 6 colloquium. Compulsory work are valid for five following semesteres.

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.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department


Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Chemistry are administratively responsible for the course.

Contact Information

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

    01.03.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam