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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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 the interaction between molecules and surfaces, will be covered. The importance of the electrical double layer regarding the stability of dispersions and emulsions will also be an issue.

The course is intended for master students on the programs Chemistry (master's two years)Materials Science for Energy and Nanotechnology (master's two years) and Materials Science and Nanotechnology (master's two years) (continued)

Learning outcome

After having completed the course:

  • you 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.
  • you understand the term monomolecular films, how to perform measurements on these, and what role they play in emulsions, foams and in biological systems.
  • you 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.
  • you know various mechanisms for the formation of micro- og nano particles and techniques that may be used in analysis of such particles.
  • you 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.
  • you 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.
  • you can perform measurements of the zeta potential of particles, stability and rate of flocculation, and make theoretical calculations or estimations of these.

Admission to the course

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.

KJM1101 – Generell kjemi and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics or equivalent knowledge.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 30 hours of lectures, 15 hours of exercises, and a mandatory laboratory course of 30 hours.

Attendance at the laboratory course is mandatory, and must be approved before you can take the exam. If you are prevented from meeting, you have to show documentation that you were legally absent (medical note from a doctor or similar).

A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters after the semester it was approved.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list) and the first exercise. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture/exercise, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.

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.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

This course has a mandatory laboratory course that must be approved before you can take the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM9500 – Surface and Nano Chemistry, KJM4500 – Surface and nano chemistry (discontinued)

Examination support material

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

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 27, 2021 10:21:20 PM

Facts about this course


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.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)