Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 10. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. KFKA01 overlap following cours/es: KFK060, KFK060 och KFK060. Compulsory for: W2. Course coordinator: Bengt Jönsson,, Biofysikalisk kemi. Recommended prerequisits: Course KOO080 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent. Assessment: The final grade is based on a written exam in the end of the course. Laboratory practicals must also be completed. Home page:



Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

understand the validity of the models presented in the course.

The course treats two main areas are:


Basic concepts of thermodynamics such as work and heat, entropy, enthalpy, free energy and chemical potential.

Equations of state for gases.

Calculations on reversible, irreversible and adiabatic processes.

Quantitative treatment of phase equilibrium in systems of one component.

Quantitative calculations of the relations between pressure, temperature and composition in non-ideal systems of two components with one or more phases. This includes concepts such as partial molar quantities and activity, calculations of colligative properties and a thermodynamic description of distillation.

Thermodynamic treatment of chemical equilibrium.

Surface chemistry:

The interfaces between a liquid phase and a gas. The surface tension and different experimental methodes to determine the surface tension of a solution. Gibbs adsorption isotherm. Kelvin equation.

Surfactants. Micelles; methodes to determine the critical micellar concentration (cmc). Liquid crystalline phases. Solubilisation.

Solid surfaces. Adsorption and wetting

Charged surfaces; the DLVO-theory.

Atkins, P W: Physical Chemistry, 8th ed. Oxford University Press 2006. ISBN: 0198700725.
Complementary material, including problems, produced at the Department.
Laboratory handouts/instructions.