This course is discontinued

KJM3500 – Surface and nano chemistry

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Course content

Intermolecular forces and forces between surfaces. Surface tension, wetting, contact angles, and monomolecular films. Adsorption from gas, liquid and solution, and interactions between proteins and surfaces. Surface analysis. Reactions at interfaces. Formation of nanoparticles: Nucleation and micellar formation. Electrical double layers, electro kinetics and stability of dispersions and emulsions. Adhesion mechanisms and technology.

Learning outcome

The student will obtain an understanding of interactions between surfaces and gases, liquids or solutions, and how interfaces are important in many technological an biological processes. The student will be able to use this knowledge in practical applications.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

KJM1000 – Introduction to chemistry (discontinued) or KJM1010 – Kjemiske prinsipper og strukturer (discontinued)

Recommended previous knowledge

KJM1010 – Kjemiske prinsipper og strukturer (discontinued), KJM1020 – Organisk kjemi I (discontinued), KJM1030 – Uorganisk kjemi (discontinued), KJM1040 – Physical and analytical chemistry I (discontinued), KJM1050 – Physical and analytical chemistry II (discontinued), KJM1060 – Struktur og spektroskopi (discontinued). Especially KJM1050 – Physical and analytical chemistry II (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

KJ202, KJ206 og KJM4500 – Surface and nano chemistry (discontinued).


Lectures (34 h), exercises (15h) and lab (30h).


Written (3 hrs) or oral at the end of the course. A multiple choice exam in the middle of the course will count 20%.

This subject does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see /studier/admin/eksamen/sykdom-utsatt/mn/index.html and

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.


The laboratory course is valid in 5 semesters after it was taken.

Facts about this course




Every autumn

This version of the course will be held for the last time Autumn 2007. KJM4500 - Surface and nano chemistry will still be held.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)