Course syllabus

Molekylära drivkrafter 2: Växelverkan och dynamik
Molecular Driving Forces 2: Interactions and Dynamics

KFKF01, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2017-03-29

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: B2, K2
Elective for: N4-nbm, N4-m, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to provide the students with knowledge about the connection between the intermolecular interactions in a macroscopic system and its static and dynamic properties. These insights provide the fundamental basis for further studies in chemical analysis and separation, reaction engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry, molecular biotechnology and nano science.

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 shows how intermolecular interaction gives rise to structure on a microscopic and mesoscopic level and how it gives a qualitative explanation of and an ability to predict macroscopic properties. This presents a molecular explanation to much of phenomenological thermodynamics and macroscopic transport processes. It also gives the tools needed to predict how manipulations on the molecular level affect the microscopic properties of a (bio)material. The course consists of classical electrostatics and intermolecular interactions, and statistical thermodynamics with applications to adsorption, liquids and solutions of electrolytes.

The properties of bioplolymers, such as proteins and DNA-molecules, are treated specifically.
Two full lectures are used to cover the properties of liquid water and its unique importance for the solvation of and the interactions between both large and small (bio) molecules.

The course also treats molecular motion in liquids (diffusion) and thereby presents the molecular basis for macroscopic transport processes and reaction kinetics of enzymes.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The final grade is based on a written exam in the end of the course. Laboratory practicals must also be completed.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0116. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0216. Name: Laboratory Exercises and Home Assignment.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The results of the laboratory experiments are presented either as a written report or orally at the end of the exercise. The home assignment is presented in a written report. Contents: The wet laboratory experiments, one demonstrative task in computer simulation and one home assignment.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables, FMAA20 Linear Algebra with Introduction to Computer Tools, KFKA05 Molecular Driving Forces 1: Thermodynamics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KFK080, KFK090

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Kristofer Modig,
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