Course syllabus

Termodynamik och ytkemi
Thermodynamics and Surface Chemistry

KFKA10, 8 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED B/K
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

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


The course aims at providing a solid thermodynamic basis for further studies in chemistry and energy technology by:

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 consist of two main parts:

1. Thermodynamics

Basic concepts such as work, heat, entropy, enthalpy, Gibbs energy and chemical potential. Reversible, irreversible, isothermal and adiabatic processes.

Equations of states for fases. Corresponding states. Thermal expansion and compressibility. Quantitative treatment of phase equilibria in one component systems. Clapeyron and Clausius-Clapeyron equations.
The thermodynamics of mixtures. Ideal solutions. Raoult's law. Distillation. Ideal dilute solutions. Henry's law. Colligative properties. Phase diagrams for two component systems. The concept of activity.
Thermodynamic treatment of chemical equilibrium for gases and solutions. Heterogenous chemical equilibria. Pressure- and temperature-dependence of chemical equilibrium.

2. Surface chemistry

Interfaces and surface tension. Wetting. Capillary force. Curved surfaces: Laplace's and Kelvin's equations. Surface active sustances. Gibb's equation. Micelles and critical micelle concentration. Solubilization. Surface films. Foams and aeorosols. Emulsions. DLVO theory. Colloids and their stability.

The lab exercises include work with evacuated systems, distillation equipment, barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, refractometer, etc.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam and laboratory exercises. Final grade is based on the written examination. The examination is constructed so that good understanding and basic problem solving skills on all parts of the course are required for the passing grade. For higher grades, problem solving skills on a more complex level are required. Bonus points to the written exam may be awarded for performed tasks. The bonus points are then valid only for the ordinary exam and the following two re-exams. Students who are awarded bonus points for performed tasks cannot be awarded bonus points for the same tasks once again when re-registered.

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: 0118. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0218. Name: Laboratory Exercises and Home Assignments.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: For passing grade, every task is performed and presented according to the instructions, which may mean either as a written report or orally, in Swedish or English. For passing grade, the written reports should be simple but correct and to the point, have a proper structure and contain a relevant discussion of the results.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable, FMAB30/FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables, KASA01 Fundamental Chemistry, FAFA70 Energy and Environmental Physics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KFK060, KFK080, KFKA01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Pär Söderhjelm,
Course homepage:
Further information: Some teaching might be held in English.