CBEMS 228 Colloid Science & Engineering (2015-2016)

CBEMS 228 Colloid Science & Engineering

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 228 Colloid Science & Engineering (Credit Units: 4) An introduction to the basic foundations of colloid science, interfacial phenomena, suspensions and complex fluids, and engineering and assembly of colloidal materials Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  • The Colloidal Domain by D.F. Evans and H. Wennerstrom, Wiley.
  • Colloidal Dispersions by W.B. Russel, D.A. Saville, and W.R. Schowalter, Cambridge University Press.
  • An Introduction to Interfaces and Colloids by J.C Berg, World Scientific.
  • The Structure and Rheology of Complex Fluids by R.G. Larson, Oxford University Press.
  • Introduction to Soft Matter by I.W. Hamley, Wiley.
Ali Mohraz
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Calculate interparticle potentials in aqueous suspensions using the DLVO theory.

2. Calculate depletion potentials based on the Asakura-Oosawa theory.

3. Perform a Langevin-based analysis of Brownian motion in colloidal suspensions.

4. Become familiar with the concept of arrested dynamics in colloidal gels and glasses.

5. Become familiar with the fundamentals of rheology.

6. Become familiar with the fundamentals of interfacial assembly of colloidal particles.

7. Become familiar with technological applications of colloids.

8. Become familiar with prominent research topics in colloid science.

9. Prepare a report on a selected research topic of their choice.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Momentum Transfer (CBEMS 125A)
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Thermodynamics
  • General physics
  • Chemistry
Lecture Topics:
  • Colloid chemistry
  • Basic interparticle forces and potentials
  • Brownian motion and suspension dynamics
  • Colloidal stability and aggregation
  • Phase behavior of colloidal dispersions
  • Colloids at fluid/fluid interfaces
  • Rheology of colloidal materials
  • Technological applications of colloids
  • Selected research topics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use their software of choice for the calculation of interparticle potentials.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 35%
  • Project 25%
  • Homework 10%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

August 19, 2014
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr