Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UV. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4aft, F4, N4. Course coordinator: Professor Ulf Olsson,, Chemical Center. Recommended prerequisits: Compulsory courses in mathematics. Assessment: Written or oral examination, compulsory laboratory work and the submitted assignments. The final grade for the course is determined by weighting the results of the examination and the compulsory components. Home page:

The course aims to give a basic knowledge and understanding of different scattering methods used for studying structure and dynamics of colloidal dispersions.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Lectures: The course begins with basic scattering theory and a derivation, from basic principles, of the scattering from a dispersion of spherical colloidal particles. This is followed by a presentation of different experimental methods, such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS), small angle Xray scattering (SAXS), and static and dynamic light scattering. As the main model system we treat dispersions of spherical particles but non-spherical particles will also be discussed.
Laboratory exercises: In the lab course we begin by studying the diffraction and scattering from slits and thin threads, as illustrations of the concept of scattering. We then do experiments on colloidal dispersions using SAXS and static and dynamic light scattering.

In accordance with an approved literature list, which will be available on the department website at least five weeks before the start of the course.