Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 03.03.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Monika Österberg

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student

  • recognises the theoretical background of surface and colloid chemistry, and can explain the basic solution properties of colloid systems.
  • can discuss about the adsorption of polyelectrolytes and surfactants using theoretical background and apply them to the biorefinery technology.
  • can designate the use of nanotechnology in the field of renewable materials.
  • understands the bottom-up principle of designing new materials and knows the special features of working with nanoparticles in practice.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Surfaces and interfaces; adhesion, cohesion, wetting and adsorption; surface-active agents; water-soluble polymers and polyelectrolytes; surface modification methods; flocculation and colloidal stability; nanocellulose; inorganic nanoparticles; antifouling. The course will consist of lectures, exercises, home assignments and lab work focusing on application-based problems.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exam, exercises, home assignments and lab work. Everything will contribute to the final grade.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

5 cr = 135 h

Lectures: 20-24 h

Exercises: 4-8 h

Lab work: 5-10 h

Self-study, including home assignments, laboratory report and studying for exam: 90-110 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The book "G.T. Barnes and I.R. Gently. Interfacial Science (Oxford University Press)", and other material given in the course.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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