CHEM ENG 4038 - Particulate Processes & Colloids Science

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course aims to introduce you to the fundamentals of colloid science (part A) and particle technology (part B) as applied to pharmaceutical processing and industrial formulation. Key topics covered in part A include: Interfacial forces; Pure Liquid Interface; Solute/Liquid Interface and surfactants; Solid Surface and Polymer Interface; Self-assembly and Nanotechnology. Key topics covered in part B include: Storage and flow of powders; Solids mixing and segregation; Particle size reduction; Size enlargement; Hazards of fine powders. By the end of this course you should be able to understand the basic principles of colloid science, and perform basic design calculations and analysis of typical industrial processes involving particulate matters.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4038
    Course Particulate Processes & Colloids Science
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 2012, CHEM ENG 3022, CHEM ENG 3035
    Assessment assignments, quizzes, presentation, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sheng Dai

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Understand the basic principles of colloid stability, self-assembly and nanotechnology;
    2 Be familiar with most common instruments used in colloid science and their theories;
    3 Characterise and describe particulate systems in terms of their basic physical properties; and
    4 Perform basic design calculations and analysis of typical particulate processes, such as mixing, size reduction and enlargement, storage and transport of powders.
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  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Books

    Rhodes, M., Introduction to Particle Technology, 2nd ed., John Wiley, 2008.

    Hunter, R. J., Foundations of Colloid Science, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2003.

    Perry, R.H. and D.W. Green, Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, McGraw-Hill..

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 36 72
    Tutorials 11 22
    TOTAL 47 94
    Learning Activities Summary

    Introduction to Colloid Science

    TOPIC 1: Interfacial forces
                Attractive force, Hamaker Theory, Lifshitz Theory
                Electrical double layers, DLVO
                Colloid stability

    TOPIC 2 : Pure Liquid Interface
                Surface tension
                Contact angles
                Wetting and spreading

    TOPIC 3: Solute/Liquid Interface and surfactants
                Gibbs Equation
                Amphiphilic molecules, properties and characterization

    TOPIC 4: Solid Surface and Polymer Interface
                Surface Topology
                Surface Modification
                Adhesion and Lubrication
                Flocculation and Coagulation

    TOPIC 5:Self-assembly and Nanotechnology
                Self-assemble monolayer and L/B film
                Emulsion and microemulsion
                Sol-gel, Latex, Fullerene, Carbon tubes, Graphene, Quantum dots
    ·           Introduction to Particulate Processes

    TOPIC 6: Storage and flow of powder
                - Material characteristics
                - Types of solid flow
                - Bin and silo design
                - Powder conveying

    TOPIC 7: Solids mixing and segregation
                - Particulate mixing
                - Segregation of powder
                - Assessment of mixture

    TOPIC 8 : Particle size reduction
                - Particle fracture mechanisms
                - Predicting energy requirement andproduct size
                - Comminution equipment

    TOPIC 9 : Size enlargement
                - Interparticle forces
                - Granulation
                - Equipment for size enlargement

    TOPIC 10 : Hazards of fine powders
                - Fire and explosion hazards
                - Health effects

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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