Surface and Colloid Chemistry

Postgraduate course

Course description

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.

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
General chemistry and KJEM 210 (principles of chemical thermodynamics)
Recommended Previous Knowledge
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.
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 July 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

Examination Support Material
Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations
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.