Soft Matter and Interfacial Chemistry

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Soft Matter and Interfacial Chemistry

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The module covers the key topics of colloid and surface chemistry and provides the fundamental principles of
    supramolecular architecture and molecular self-assembly. It includes the following subjects: modern laboratory
    techniques for analysis of molecular assemblies, polymers and polymer nano-assemblies, gels, dispersions and
    emulsions; hydrophobic effects and hydrophobic interactions, surfactant self-assemblies (micelles and bilayer
    membranes, phase transitions in bilayer membranes); the role of surface tension in stability of
    nano-assemblies; Brownian motion; nano-encapsulation, delivery systems and other nano-formulations in
    biotechnology, food, pharmaceutical and other industries.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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