Colloids, Interfaces and Surfaces

CBE 310/EnSE 310

  • Surface tension and surface free energy (theory and measurement methods)
  • Surface films on liquid substrates (surface potential, monomolecular films, Langmuir-Blodgett layers)
  • Capillarity
  • Electrical aspects of surface chemistry (electrical double layer, zeta potential, DLVO theory)
  • Surface of solids
  • Solid-liquid interface, stability of dispersions, stabilization of suspensions
  • Contact angle (theory and measurement methods)
  • Emulsions, foams and aerosols
  • Wetting of surfaces by liquids, Lotus effect
  • Flotation, aggregation and flocculation
  • Detergency, surfactants, self-assembly, micelles and vesicles
  • Friction, lubrication and adhesion
  • Adsorption
  • Characterization of colloidal particles
  • Applications of colloid and surface science in petroleum recovery, coating and painting, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry
  • Methods of surface characterization

Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules

CBE 230 / EnSE

  • Configuration and conformation
  • Amorphous state, glass-rubber transition, plasticizers
  • Crystalline state, liquid-crystalline state
  • Solution Thermodynamics
    • Phase separation (theory and experimental aspects), polymer fractionation
    • Mechanisms and kinetics of phase separation
    • Miscibility of polymer blends and compatibilization
    • Microphase separation and self-assembly
  • Rheology of polymer solutions
    • Viscosity of diluted and concentrated solutions, polymer gels
    • Rheology of polymer melts and composites, relevance for polymer processing
  • Elasticity and Viscoelasticity
  • Thermal analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis
  • Physical characterization (mechanical strengthen, scattering methods, etc)

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