Colloid and Interface Science


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The course aims to introduce the students to the central terms and methods in colloid and interface chemistry. This includes:

  • Colloids, macromolecules, clusters and emulsions 
  • Interface and surface tension
  • Wetting of surfaces 
  • Adsorption at interfaces
  • Micelles, foam and bubbles
  • Sol-gel processes 
  • Electrostatic interaction, double layer and stability of colloids
  • Zeta potential
  • Scattering techniques
  • X-ray methods and electron microscopy techniques.

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • account for different types of colloids and their stability
  • account for adsorption at interfaces
  • account for surfactants, wettability and emulsions
  • account for different scattering techniques, X-ray methods and electron microscopy
  • account for different disciplines in which the theory of colloid and interface science are beneficial for understanding details of products or processes
  • explain the importance of size and interparticle forces that result in macroscopic properties of substances
  • explain models of colloids and interfaces that can be used for the description and understanding of different colloid systems.


  • apply general theory of colloid science in combination with experimental tools


  • select and apply models to describe different colloidal systems and interfaces
  • evaluate which kinds of experimental tools that preferable can be used to enhance the physico-chemical understanding of processes and products

Type of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory and theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examColloid and Interface Science
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKolloid- og grænsefladekemi
Module codeK-KT-K1-8A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science