Course syllabus

Termodynamik och ytkemi
Thermodynamics and Surface Chemistry

KFKA01, 10 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish



Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The final grade is based on a written exam in the end of the course. Laboratory practicals must also be completed.


Required prior knowledge: KOO080, KOO081, KOOA01 ( Introductory Chemistry).
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KFK060

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Bengt Jönsson,
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