- 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.|