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Course module: 202000743
Colloid & Nano Chemistry
Course info
Course module202000743
Credits (ECTS)7
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact R.G.H. Lammertink
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prof.dr. J.J.L.M. Cornelissen
Lecturer J. Huskens
Contactperson for the course R.G.H. Lammertink
Lecturer R.G.H. Lammertink
dr. W. Verboom
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Explaining interface aspects such as interface energy, adsorption and surface potential.
  • Translating interface aspects to properties and phenomena such as contact angle, infiltration, colloidal stability.
  • Relating the correct equations to problems and applying them adequately.
  • Explaining and substantiating colloid chemical phenomena.
  • Understanding interface curvature, adsorption equilibrium and surface potential distribution.
  • can explain the relationship between size of materials on one side and their properties on the other side (size-dependent effects)
  • can explain the basic concepts of nanochemistry (size, shape, surfaces, defects)
  • apply concepts of nanochemistry to the design of nanostructures having specific chemical compositions and properties 
  • can explain the concept of self-assembly as a bottom-up approach to building nanostructures
  • apply the concept of self-assembly to explain the design principles of nanostructured materials that are formed by self-assembly
  • Apply the theoretical knowledge from nano/colloidal chemistry to formulate, analyze and address an open research question
  • Translate a research question into an experimental plan
  • Develop practical skills to fill the gap between theoretical knowledge and concrete problem solving
  • Analyze experimental results and draw conclusions
  • Managing the project planning and implement effective team work
  • Can evaluate the impact of a specific research question on society
A first glance of how molecules influence the interfaces between fluids and solids is given from the perspective of two disciplines. Colloid chemistry offers a more physical-chemical perspective and draws a link between the physical properties of interfaces and colloidal systems, the underlying physical laws and how molecules can modify those interfaces. A link with the necessary mathematics for describing the physical properties will be drawn in a case, using MatLab. Nanochemistry offers a more creative-explorative perspective where the principles and functions of nano structuring applied to various material classes are demonstrated for a number of general material aspects such as interface composition, defects and self-assembly. In Nano- & colloid chemistry (project) you will be working in a project group within a research group active in the nano and/or colloid domain, to deepen a certain system in a brief literary study and perform the synthesis, manufacturing and/or characterisation of a related nanotechnological or colloidal system.  In addition, we will focus on placement of the system in a social context, for example the relationship with an application or a risk assessment of a nano system.
Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Chemical Science & Engineering
Required materials
Nanochemistry: Concepts of nanochemistry. ludovico Cademartiri and Geoffrey A. Ozin, 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, ISBN: 978-3-527-32626-6
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Colloid & Nano Chemistry

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