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Colloid and Surface Chemistry

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: KEM131

The course is not given as a stand-alone course this academic year, but can be included in the program/course package. For information contact the department.

About the Course

The course deals with colloidal systems and interfaces. Colloids consist of small particles dispersed in a medium, typically a liquid. The particle size is in the nanometer to micrometer range. Colloids are important for a variety of practical and industrial applications: pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper industry, food, environmental protection, and many applications of biological relevance. In the course you will learn about basic properties of colloidal systems and interfaces. You will also gain insights into how to characterize colloidal systems. The course covers, e.g., suface tension, adsorption, adhesion, monolayers, surfactants, liquid crystals, emulsions, microemulsions, electrical double layers, van der Waals forces, colloidal stability, light scattering, electrophoresis, and other electrokinetic phenomena.

The course includes five laboratory exercises: surface tension, micelle formation, diffusion, colloidal stability, and electrophoresis.

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Tuition Fee

Please contact the department.
EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Per Martin Björemark, +46 31 786 9013,


Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology
Box 462
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 9 C

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