Colloid Chemistry

The chemistry and physics of colloids.

The Colloids are types of mechanical mixtures where a substance is dispersed throughout a dispersion medium. The terms colloid or colloidally therefore designate not a material property, but a state.

Colloids and colloidal systems are therefore classified as soft matter. The size of the particles lies in the micro- and nanoscale. Typical examples of colloidal systems are milk, blood, mist but also cosmetic emulsions, smoke, whipped cream, aerogels, etc.

Colloid chemistry is a branch of physical chemistry and is concerned with the chemical properties and the production of colloidal systems.

Below you will find online available information resources on the chemistry and physics of colloids.


Current Articles
Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Historical Facts and Documents

Current Articles

Colloid Neutron Scattering
A Model System for so-called Soft Colloids

A New Study shows Correlation between Microscopic Structures and Macroscopic Properties - and offers a Recipe Book for Colloids.

Image: Using neutron scattering, researchers were able to study the structure of their samples. The size of the rings in the image can, for example, define the distance between two colloid particles.

[Image credit: Forschungszentrum Julich]

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Association colloids
Lecture notes - Format: PDF

Chemistry of Colloids
Basic information

Colloid Chemistry
eBook: Chemical Physics of Colloid Systems and Interfaces - Format: PDF

Colloid Chemistry
eBook: Handbook of applied surface and colloid chemistry, Volume 1 - Format: PDF

Colloid chemistry
An introduction - Format: PDF

Colloid stability
Lyophobic sols. Stabilization of colloids - Format: PDF

Colloid Systems
Definition of colloid systems, classification and characterization. Interparticle interactions - Format: PDF

Colloidal Soft Matter
Lecture notes: the physics of colloidal soft matter - Format: PDF

Definition, stability, phase transition, aggregation - Format: PDF

Casic information

Food Colloids
Article: clever comestibles - Format: PDF

Macromolecular colloids
Size and shape of linear macromolecules. Osmosis and osmotic pressure - Format: PDF

Colloid stability of lyophobiccolloids - Format: PDF

Historical Facts and Documents

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1925
Richard Adolf Zsigmondy: fundamentals in colloid chemistry


Colloid Journal
The journal publishes the results of research in the area of chemical science dealing with the disperse state of matter and surface phenomena in disperse systems. Springer

Colloids and Surfaces A
Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Elsevier

Colloids and Surfaces B
Biointerfaces. Elsevier

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
publishes original research findings and insights regarding the fundamental principles of colloid and interface science, and conceptually novel applications of these principles in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, materials science, polymer science, electrochemistry, geology, agronomy, biology, medicine, fluid dynamics, and related fields. Elsevier


Simulation and Modeling of Mono- and Bidisperse Suspensions
Dissertation (2000). University of Stuttgart, 2000

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Colloids

Book recommendation

Dimo Platikanov, Dotchi Exerowa

Highlights in Colloid Science

This beautiful compilation of invited review articles - authored by well-known scientists - covers the latest developments and achievements in colloid and interface science, and is dedicated to Professor Tharwat Tadros, an outstanding scientist in the field. Due to the fact that colloid science involves a great number of disciplines, the papers discuss such hot topics as emulsions, nano-particles, surfactants, micro-emulsions and self-assembly.

Wiley-VCH; 2008

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Last update 16.08.2015

Keywords: Colloids, chemistry, physics, properties, data

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