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CHM3981 - Chemistry at the interface

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Ian McKinnon


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Four topics are covered: Surface Chemistry introduces the special features of the molecular structure of the interface, surface tension and adsorption at the interface, surfactants, emulsions and foams, adhesion, wetting, detergency, and formulation of surfactants. Colloid Chemistry focuses on dispersions of small particles in the context of food chemistry, paints, cosmetics, water systems and formulation science. Reactions of and on Surfaces is concerned with the control of chemistry by the presence of molecularly tailored surfaces. Advanced Materials is concerned with new materials such as optoelectronic materials, nanomaterials, and materials such as those formed by sol gel processes.


Refer to CHM2981


One 2-hour examination: 50%
Assignments and computer testing: 20%
Laboratory work and short laboratory reports and proforma reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week


6 points of level one chemistry and 6 points of level two chemistry. Students without these should consult the coordinator.