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Course content

The course will give you an introduction to the most important principles of surface– and colloid chemistry. Intermolecular forces and forces between surfaces, surface tension, contact angles and monomolecular layers, adsorption from gas and liquid on solid and liquid surfaces, together with interaction between molecules and surfaces, will be covered. The importance of the electrical double layer regarding stability of dispersions and emulsions will also be an issue. The course is intended for master students on the Chemistry and Mena programs.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course you will have acquired the following competence:

  • Understand the background for surface tension and surface energy and be able to describe, measure and calculate such properties for both solid and liquid surfaces.
  • Understand the term monomolecular films, how to perform measurements on these, and what role they play in emulsions, foams and in biological systems.
  • Understand the physical background for adsorption on liquid- and solid surfaces from liquid and gas, describe the most important types of adsorption isotherms, measure isotherms and make calculations in connection with these.
  • Know various mechanisms for the formation of micro- og nano particles and techniques that may be used in analysis of such particles.
  • Understand how micro- and nano particles behave in liquids and gas regarding light scattering , sedimentation and diffusion, and be able to perform simple calculations of such properties.
  • Understand the origin of electrical charges on surfaces and how these affect the properties of both macroscopic surfaces and surfaces of micro- and nano particles. This subject concerns properties like movement in an electric field and stability of particle dispersions and emulsions.
  • Be able to perform measurements of the zeta potential of particles, stability and rate of flocculation, and make theoretical calculations or estimations of these.

Admission

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1100 - General chemistry (continued) and KJM1130 - Physical Chemistry I - thermodynamics and kinetics or equivalent knowledge.

Overlapping courses

Teaching

The course comprises 30 hours of lectures, 15 hours of exercises and a mandatory laboratory course of 30 hours. Approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for attending the exam.

The laboratory course is mandatory, and valid absence has to be documented with a doctor's note or similar to the student administration at The Department of Chemistry. There is also mandatory registration at the first lecture and the first exercise. If you are unable to meet to the first lecture or exercise, you have to inform the expedition office (phone 22 85 54 46, e-mail ekspedisjonen@kjemi.uio.no) no later than the same day in order to keep your place on the course.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Examination

Oral exam with time to do calculations counts 100 % of final grade. Approved laboratory course is a prerequisite for attending the exam.

A completed laboratory course is valid four semesters after it was passed the first time. After this period you must retake the whole laboratory course in order to sit for a final exam. If you have completed the laboratory course but never sat for the final exam, it is your responsibility to have the laboratory course registered, and in such a case you must contact the student administration in room VU20-22 in the Department of Chemistry.

Examination support material

Calculator that fulfills the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish.

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)