Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Laboratory Course in Colloid and Surface Chemistry

Overall Course Objectives

In order to support the understanding of colloid systems as well as interfacial phenomena in multiphase systems the participants learn about relevant types of measurements. These systems are highly complex and experimental investigation and testing is very common in companies that produce colloid products and products that are based on interfacial phenomena. This is true for the paint, food, pharmaceutical, and many other industries. The overall objective of the course is to give the participants an understanding of a range of phenomena within colloid and surface chemistry with the use of experimental methods of industrial importance.

Learning Objectives

  • perform different types of measurements on colloid systems
  • judge the relevance og different experimental methods for colloid systems
  • combine qualitative observations and quatitative measurements for characterization of colloid systems
  • characterize colloid systems with respect to stability
  • perform measurements of different interfacial phenomena
  • judge the revance of different methods for measuring interfacial phenomena
  • measure sureface and interfacial tension
  • describe capillarity in porous materials from a combination of measurements
  • oral and written reporting of scientific data.

Course Content

In small teams the participants carry out approximately 5 exercises within the topics: Colloids (including dispersions, macromolecular solutions and micelles) and surfaces. Through independent exercises combined with relevant literature the possibilities and limitations for different measuring techniques. The exercises are closely linked to ongoing research. Among the topics that the exercises can cover are a.o. emulsion stability, capillarity, surface tension, contact angle, micro emulsion, interfacial tension, rheology and solubilization. Reports are prepared on all exercises. Finally, there is a common presentation and discussion session, where we will discuss each exercise.

Recommended prerequisites

Teaching Method

Planning and performance of laboratory exercises with subsequent data analysis and reporting



The course is normally taken immediately after the course 28315

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 18.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


Chemical Engineering


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 28316
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

Please note that this course has participants limitation. Read more