2016 Interface Chemistry

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Sakai Etsuo  Matsushita Sachiko 
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Tue3-4(S7-202)  Fri3-4(S7-202)  
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Course description and aims

Interfacial phenomena and colloid are important items associated with almost all of the daily life and industrial fields, such as organic, inorganic, polymer, biomaterials, and so on. To understanding the colloids and interfacial science, wide knowledge such as thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, and spectroscopy is required. This lecture starts from the basic question "what is colloid and interface?" and explain a lot of interfacial phenomena with the thoeries.

Student learning outcomes

This lecture gives...
-understanding various kinds of colloids and interface phenomena using physical chemistry
-knowledge about the industrial application of the interfacial phenomena.
-how to use the knowledge for material design.


Colloid, Suspension, Interface, Self-assembly, Adsorption

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Explain using black board and slides, sometimes including handout or short test.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is Colloid and Interface? Introduction of Colloid and Interface
Class 2 Interfacial phenomena around you Introduction of the interfacial phenomena and the theory
Class 3 Surface, Interface, and Surface tension Study of surface and interface, and the measurement of surface tension
Class 4 Self-assembled monolayer and Langmuir-Blodgett film Introduction of the self-assembled monolayer and Langmuir-Blodgett film.
Class 5 Wettability Study about the formation and control of liquid films at interface
Class 6 Adsorption Study about the basic and application of adsorption at interface (including N2-BET method)
Class 7 Surfactant -basic- Study about the basic of surfactant
Class 8 Surfactant -application- Study about the wide application of surfactant
Class 9 Characteristics of Colloids Study about the Colloidal characteristics, measurement, and controll
Class 10 Electrokinetic phenomena Study about the basic of electrokinetic phenomena
Class 11 How to disperse the particles using electrokinetic phenomena? Study about the particle dispersion using electrokinetic phenomena
Class 12 How to disperse the particles using polymers? Study about the particle dispersion using polymer
Class 13 Rheology Study about the Rheology
Class 14 Emulsion and Suspension Understanding about the emulsion and suspension
Class 15 Colloid and Interface on Industry Introduction of the real application in industrial field



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Fumio Kitahara, 「界面・コロイド化学の基礎」講談社サイエンティフィク

Assessment criteria and methods

Exam. (80%), Report (20%)

Related courses

  • MAT.P306 : Physical Chemistry (Surface)

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