KJM9500 – Surface and Nano Chemistry
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 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.
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 PhD candidates on the Chemistry and MENA programmes.
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.
- You can familiarize yourself with scientific material and convey your konwledge inn oral form.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
KJM1101 – Generell kjemi and KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics or equivalent knowledge.
- 10 credits overlap with KJM5500 – Surface and Nano Chemistry.
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. You also have to prepare and give a lecture over a scientific topic you choose in agreement with the person responsible fr the course. The lecture has to be approved before you can attend the final exam.
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 lab exercises. 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.
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).
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 examination with time to do calculations counts 100 % of final grade.
Approved laboratory course and lecture is a prerequisite for attending the exam.
t 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: KJM5500 – Surface and Nano Chemistry.
Examination support material
Calculator that fulfills the requirements specified by The Department of Mathematics (only in Norwegian).
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: