Course syllabus

Termodynamik och ytkemi
Thermodynamics and Surface Chemistry

KFKA01, 10 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board C
Date of Decision: 2016-04-12

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:

1. Thermodynamics

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. Heat engines.

Quantitative treatment of phase equilibrium in systems of one component.

Thermodynamics of mixtures. Ideal solutions. Raoult's law. Destillation. Ideal dilute solutions. Henry's law. Colligative properties. Phase diagrams of two-component systems. Partial molar quantities. The concept of activity.

Thermodynamic treatment of chemical equilibrium for gases and solutions. Solubility. Electrochemical cells.

2. Surface chemistry

Interfaces, surface tension. Experimental methodes to determine the surface tension. Curved interfaces: Laplace and Kelvin equations.

Surfactants. Micelles; methodes to determine the critical micellar concentration (cmc). Liquid crystalline phases. Solubilisation. Surface films. Foams and aerosols. Emulsions and emulsifiers. Lipid double layers.

Solid surfaces: physical and chemical  adsorption. Adsorption isotherms. Wetting. Charged surfaces; the DLVO-theory. Colloids and their stability.


Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The final grade is determined by the result achieved on the written exam. In order to pass the course, the student has to pass each of the different course components (laboratory exercises, home assignments and exam).

Code: 0115. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 8. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: For passing grade, 50 % of the maximum is required. Contents: Written exam.
Code: 0215. Name: Laboratory Exercises and Home Assignments.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The tasks are presented either as a written report or orally. For passing grade, the written report should be simple but correct and to the point. They should also have a proper structure and contain a relevant discussion.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable, KOOA01 Introductory Chemistry, FAFA20 Energy and Environmental Physics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KFK060, KFK080

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Pär Söderhjelm,
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