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Course, academic year 2020/2021
Physical and Colloidal Chemistry - N403016
Title: Fyzikální a koloidní chemie
Guaranteed by: Department of Physical Chemistry (403)
Actual: from 2020
Semester: both
Points: 7
E-Credits: 7
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 3/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
For type:  
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc.
Class: Předměty pro fyzikální chemii
Z//Is interchangeable with: N403014, B403004, AB403004
Examination dates   Schedule   
This subject contains the following additional online materials
Annotation -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (07.11.2012)
This course extends the basic course Physical Chemistry I with focus on biological sciences. Covered are general laws governing behavior of systems from the molecular point of view as well as applications in biochemistry and colloidal chemistry. Alternatives are Physical Chemistry II (N403014) and Physical Chemistry of Microcosmos N403041).
Aim of the course -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (08.02.2018)


Solve moderately complex equilibria in electrolyte solutions

Solve moderately complex tasks including chemical kinetics of enzymatic reactions

Transform the idea of forces between the molecules in systems as membranes, charged surfaces, or dispersions into consequences

Literature -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (08.02.2018)


Novák J. a kol., Fyzikální chemie - bakalářský a magisterský kurz, VŠCHT, Praha 2008, 9788070806753

J. Kolafa: Vybrané kapitoly z fyzikální chemie (


Bartovská L., Šišková M., Fyzikální chemie povrchů a koloidních soustav, VŠCHT Praha, 2010, 9788070807453

Israelichvili J.: Intermolecular & Surface Forces, Academic Press (2006), 9780123919274.

Atkins P. W., de Paula J., Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press, 2010, 9780199543373

Wright M. R.: An Introduction to Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions, Wiley (2007), 9780470842935.

Learning resources -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (08.02.2018) (see also in English)

Various materials on Physical Chemistry in English:

Co je co v povrchové a koloidní chemii - výkladový slovník, L. Bartovská L., M. Šišková (

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (08.02.2018)


Syllabus -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (08.02.2018)

1. Chemical kinetics: Simple and simultaneous reactions, reaction mechanisms, catalysis, enzyme kinetics.

2. Equilibrium thermodynamics: Gibbs and Helmholtz functions, activity, chemical potential.

3. Chemical equilibrium/methods: The direction of chemical reaction, simultaneous reactions, minimization of the Gibbs energy, van't Hoff equation.

4. Chemical equilibrium/applications: pH, weak acids and bases and their salts, buffers, slightly soluble salts.

5. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics: pressure of ideal gas and the interpretation of temperature, Boltzmann probability, entropy.

6. Electrostatic phenomena in ionic solutions: Debye-Hückel theory, electrical double layer, zeta potential.

7. Electrochemistry: Galvanic cells, Nernst equation, Gibbs-Donnan effect.

8. Thermodynamics of mixtures: Colligative properties (cryoscopy, ebullioscopy, osmosis).

9. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics: Transport properties, Fick laws, diffusivity, electrical conductivity.

10. Interfaces: Surface and interface tension, curved interfaces, wetting.

11. Adsorption: Surface excess and Gibbs adsorption isotherm. Adsorption isotherms and models (Freundlich, Langmuir, BET).

12. Dispersion systems/classification: Colloid, sol, gel, foam, emulsion, aerosol; solutions of macromolecules; micelles, surface films.

13. Dispersion systems/phenomena: Forces between colloidal particles. Sedimentation, electrokinetic phenomena, rheology, optical properties. Stability of colloidal systems.

14. Water: Structure and anomalies of water, hydrophobic effect.

Registration requirements -
Last update: Kolafa Jiří prof. RNDr. CSc. (21.08.2013)

Physical Chemistry I

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1,5 42
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 2 56
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 2,5 70
Účast na seminářích 1 28
7 / 7 196 / 196
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Examination test 40
Continuous assessment of study performance and course -credit tests 40