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28316 Laboratory Course in Colloid and Surface Chemistry

Danish title:

Øvelser i kolloid- og grænsefladekemi


Point( ECTS )


Course type:

Taught under single-course student
Technological specialization course, MSc. Eng., Advanced and Applied Chemistry
Technological specialization course, MSc. Eng., Petroleum Engineering




Campus Lyngby

Scope and form:

Planning and performance of laboratory exercises with subsequent data analysis and reporting

Duration of Course:

3 weeks

Date of examination:

No exam

Type of assessment:



Recommended prerequisites:

Participants restrictions:

Maximum: 18

General course objectives:

In order to support the understanding of colloid systems as well as interfacial phenomena in multiphase systems the participants learn about relevant types of measurements. These systems are highly complex and experimental investigation and testing is very common in companies that produce colloid products and products that are based on interfacial phenomena. This is true for the paint, food, farmaceutical, and many other industries. The overall objective of the course is to give the participants an understanding of a range of phenomena within colloid and surface chemistry with the use of experimental methods of industrial importance.

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • perform different types of measurements on colloid systems
  • judge the relevance og different experimental methods for colloid systems
  • combine qualitative observations and quatitative measurements for characterization of colloid systems
  • characterize colloid systems with respect to stability
  • perform measurements of different interfacial phenomena
  • judge the revance of different methods for measuring interfacial phenomena
  • measure sureface and interfacial tension
  • describe capillarity in porous materials from a combination of measurements
  • oral and written reporting of scientific data.


In small teams the participants carry out approximately 6 exercises within the topics: Colloids (including dispersions, macromolecular solutions and micelles) and surfaces. Through independent exercises combined with relevant literature the possibilities and limitations for different measuring techniques. The exercises are closely linked to ongoing research. Among the topics that the exercises can cover are a.o. emulsion stability, capillarity, surface tension, contact angle, micro emulsion, interfacial tension, rheology and solubilization. Reports are prepared on all exercises.


The course is normally taken immediately after the course 28315


Ole Hassager , Building 227, Ph. (+45) 4525 2973 , oh@kt.dtu.dk
Alexander Shapiro , Building 229, Ph. (+45) 4525 2881 , ASH@kt.dtu.dk
Anders Egede Daugaard , Lyngby Campus, Building 227, Ph. (+45) 4525 6815 , adt@kt.dtu.dk


28 Department of Chemical Engineering

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Last updated: 29. april, 2015