Universität Wien FIND

270113 PR Examples for research: Colloid and Interface Science (2021W)

6.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 27 - Chemie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Experiments complementary to the contents of the lecture:
Particle interactions: van der Waals Forces
Particle Interactions: Electrical Double layer
Particle Interactions: The effect of Polymers
Kinetic properties of particles
Surface Tension and Wetting
Rheology of dispersed media
Foams and Flotation

Assessment and permitted materials

lab report/protocol

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For the students to experimentally familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of colloid and interface science: for example to understand the nature of the various inter-particle forces and how they can be applied in practical experiments. To understand the origins of surface tension, how surface tension can be modified by the addition of surfactants. To know the nature of the different classes of surfactants, and how they modify the properties of interfaces, be they solid, liquid or gas. How colloidal phenomena are actually applicable in the laboratory.

At the end the students have to write a protocol in the style of a short journal article that will be marked.

Examination topics

Reading list

Stokes R.J. &. Evans D.F, Fundamentals of Interfacial Engineering, Wiley, 1997
Berg, JC An introduction to interfaces and colloids: The bridge to nanoscience
Aveyard, R. and Haydon, D. A. An Introduction to the Principles of Surface Chemistry. University Press: Cambridge, 1973
P. Becher, Emulsions and Emulsion Technology (Marcel Dekker), 1983. (see also 1985, 1987)
M.J. Rosen, Surfactants and Interfacial Phenomena, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc, Chichester, 2004.
K. Holmberg, et al., Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solutions, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc, Chichester, 2003.

Association in the course directory

PC-5, MC-3, A.4, D.1

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