Course syllabus


KTK095 KTK095 Surface chemistry lp1 HT20 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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Course purpose

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Course literature

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Course design

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Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

  • describe how surfactants, surface active polymers, and polar lipids self-aggregate in solution and at surfaces
  • describe the environmental issues related to surfactants
  • understand how a balance between attractive and repulsive interactions governs the stability of dispersed systems
  • understand the role of surfactants as emulsifier, wetting agent, foaming agent, and active ingredient in detergents
  • describe the difference in physicochemical behavior between a low molecular weight surfactant and a surface active polymer and relate these differences to practical uses
  • understand how combinations of surfactants and of a surfactant and a polymer behave
  • understand the fundamental differences between a microemulsion and an emulsion and describe advantages and disadvantages with both system
  • describe how surfactant self-assembly can be taken advantage of for organic and bioorganic synthesis and for preparation of inorganic nanomaterials
  • understand how formulations based on organic solvents may be replaced by surfactant-based formulations such as emulsions and microemulsions as a way to make more environmentally benign products
Additionally, this course aims to provide entrepreneurial experiences according to Chalmers definition including: 1. that students create value (for example economical, ecological, social, mental, physiological etc.) for others; 2. understand an idea development process; and 3. through these activities have managed uncertainty and reflected on one's own and others' capabilities. The entrepreneurial experience is provided through a compulsory group project.

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Study plan

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Examination form

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Course summary:

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