Course detail

Physical Chemistry II

FCH-BAA_FCH2Acad. year: 2020/2021

Reaction rate, reactions of 1. and 2.order, reactions of higher order, kinetics of simultaneous reactions, temperature dependence of reaction rate, Eyring theory, chain and photochemical reactions, theory of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, physical chemistry of surfaces, thermodynamics of interface, theory of wetting, adsorption - Gibbs equation, adsorption on mobile and solide interfaces, characterization of colloid dispersions, stability of colloid dispersitions, electric double layer, molecular-kinetic properties of disperse systems-sedimentation, osmotic pressure, Donnan equilibrium, optical and rheological properties of disperse systems. geles , emulsions, suspensions, aerodisperse systems

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Within the part Chemical kinetics the students obtain the basic knowledge on kinetics of elementary and complex reactions, on kinetics of homogeneously and heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and on factors, influencing the reaction rate. Within the part Colloidal chemistry students receive the information on fundamental physico-chemical properties of disperse colloidal systems, as well as on properties of surfaces. The obtained knowledge the students verify in the frame of calculations, which passing in the form of credit is the condition for the acceptance to the oral exam from the subject Physical Chemistry II. The performance of the exam is the base for the consecutive succesfull passing of futher subjects, namely Chemical engineering.


Knowledge from selected chapters of Physics I., II. (state of matter, electrodynamics, optics). Basic knowledge of differentiation and integration.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Hunter R.: J.Foundations of Colloid Science, Clarendon Press - Oxford, 1986 (EN)
Kello V., Tkáč A.: Fyzikálna chémia, Alfa, Bratislava 1977 (EN)
Atkins P. W.: Physical Chemistry. Oxford University Press, 1998 (EN)
Bartovská L., Šišková M.: Fyzikální chemie povrchů a koloidních soustav. VŠCHT v Praze, Praha 2002 (EN)
Lisý M., Valko L.: Príklady a úlohy z fyzikálnej chémie, Alfa Bratislava, 1979 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week, Seminar - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

1. Course unit- credit: Seminar - 70% of points, obtained from continuous tests
2. Exam: Written test, composed of answers to 5 questions. This written part can possibly be combined with oral examination

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Reaction rate. Reactions of 1., 2., and higher order.
2. Determination of reaction order. Reversible, parallel and consecutive reactions.
3. Influence of the temperature on reaction rate. Collision theory. Transition state theory.
4. Reactions in solution. Theory of homogeneous catalysis. Enzyme catalysis.
5. Chain reactions. Photochemical reactions. Diffusion.
6. Kinetics of heterogeneous reactions.
7. Classification of dispersed systems. Distribution functions. Thermodynamics of interface - free and total surface energy.
8. Theory of wetting. Adhesion and cohesion work. Curved interfaces.
9. Theory of adsorption - Gibbs equation of adsorption isotherm. Adsorption on liquid surface, adsorption on solid surface.
10. Electrokinetic phenomena, theory of electrical double layer. Colloidal disperse systems, their division and preparation.Lyophilic and lyophobic colloids. Association colloids.
11. Molecular-kinetic properties of colloidal systems - Brownian motion, diffusion. Sedimentation and osmotic pressure of colloidal disperse systems. Donnan equilibrium.
12. Stability of colloidal disperse systems. Coagulation, floculation. Optical propperties and viscosity of colloidal disperse systems.
13. Gels, their division and properties. Basic characteristics of emulsions and suspensions.
14. Aerodisperse systems.


The goal of the subject Physical chemistry I. is to provide the students with the rudiments of chemical kinetics and colloid chemistry in such a way, that the students are able to utilize them by the solution of problems in laboratory and industrial practice. Simultaneously, the obtained knowledge serves as a basis for the study of other subjects.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Calculation seminar from Physical Chemistry II.
1. Reaction rate
2. Reactions of I. order
3. Reactions of II. and higher orders
4. Complex reactions
5. Temperature dependence of reaction rate, theory of activation complex
6. Determination of reaction order, enzyme kinetics
7. Carakterization of dispersion colloidal systems.
8. Thermodynamics of interface.
9. Curved interfaces.
10. Adsorption
11. Membrane equilibria
12. Viscosity of dispersed systems.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT_INT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_SCH , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, elective

  • Programme NPCP_CHM_INT Master's

    branch NPCO_CHM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer