Formulation technology

All you need to know about emulsions, suspensions and dispersions

Many products are composed of ingredients that cannot be mixed at the molecular level, called disperse systems. Salad dressing, cosmetics, paints and concrete are all examples of dispersions. Such products can be developed by applying the theoretical laws that affect all dispersions.

This short course focuses on the stability of disperse (colloidal) systems, the application of homogeneous layers to substrate surfaces and the activity of surfactants. Flow systems of and within dispersions are also discussed.

Alongside the theoretical lessons, you will form groups to work on case studies.  Using an example from your own experience, you will discover how a seemingly complicated problem can be solved once you recognise the principles of dispersions.

Learn to fathom complicated colloidal processes

During the course:

  • You will learn to understand colloidal processes and systems based on elementary physical and chemical principles
  • You will learn to recognise the forces at work in dispersions
  • You will learn how to solve complicated industrial problems with dispersions
  • You will learn how to anticipate industrial problems with dispersions
  • You will learn how to solve problems based on your own examples from practice

Intended for:

Chemists, physicists or technical engineers who want to operationalise physical and chemical insights in industrial disperse systems.

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  • Information
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program

    Day 1

    • Introduction to industrial dispersions
    • Particle size analysis
    • Workshop: Dispersion classification and particle size analysis
    • The five laws of colloidal science
    • Workshop: Capillarity
    • Amphipathic molecules and micro-emulsions
    • Workshop: Surfactancy
    • Rheology

    Day 2

    • Colloidal interactions and flocculation
    • Workshop: Rheology and flocculation
    • Emulsions and dispersions
    • Workshop: Emulsification
    • Workshop: Practical case studies
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 8.3
    “The pace was fine and the theory was illustrated with practical examples. I would recommend this course to both chemists and non-chemists.”
    Richard Esselink (Matrix Specialty Lubricants BV)
    “It was an enjoyable course in a small group with plenty of room for questions and illustrations from practice.”
    G. Meijer (Albemarle Catalysts BV)