Course detail

Colloids, Surfaces and Catalysis

CEITEC VUT-DS204AAcad. year: 2020/2021

PhD course is focused on selected topics in physical chemistry of heterogeneous systems containing solid phase with an active surface such as colloidal nanoparticle systems and heterogeneous inorganic catalysts. The course aims to broaden students' knowledge in the field of colloid chemistry of inorganic nanoparticle systems and heterogeneous chemocatalysis, electrocatalysis and biocatalysis with inorganic nanoparticle catalysts.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

P.C. Hiemenz, R. Rajagopalan: Principles of colloid and surface chemistry, Marcel Dekker, New York 1997
R.J. Hunter: Foundations of Colloid Science, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001
R. Richards (ed.): Surface and nanomolecular catalysis, CRC Press, Boca Raton 2006
A. Rutger van Santen, M. Neurock: Molecular heterogeneous catalysis, WCH, Weinheim 2006

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Van der Waals forces, Hamaker constant
2. Electrical double layer
3. Electrokinetic phenomena-electrophoresis
4. Electrostatic and polymer-induced colloid stability
5. Rheology of dispersions
6. Principles of molecular heterogeneous catalysis
7. Reactivity of transition-metal surfaces
8. Mechanisms of heterogeneous catalysis
9. Colloidal nanoparticles in catalysis
10. Electrocatalysis
11. Heterogeneous photocatalysis
12. Biocatalysis; relationship with chemocatalysis


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Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme STIAMN Doctoral

    branch AM , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch ANTMT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional