MOLENG 510 / CHEM E 554 – Winter, 2017
René M. Overney
Benson 221, E-mail the instructor
Lecture M/W/Th: 10:30-11:20,
Open Door Policy
It is suggested
to make an appointment by E-mail.
Course Textbook: Intermolecular
& Surface Forces,
3rd Ed., J.N. Israelachvili,
Academic Press, Boston (2011)
Other Sources: Molecular Driving Forces
by Dill and Bromberg, Garland Sci.
The focus of this course is on the
molecular and nanoscale aspect of condensed materials, in particular
molecular and collective interactions and resulting interfacial forces,
entropic phenomena and condensation to systems of higher complexity. This
includes also the exploration of molecular system constraints and the
molecular origin of resulting macroscale properties. Students will gain a
comprehensive understanding concerning weak molecular interactions (e.g.,
van der Waals interactions), statistical and thermodynamic aspects of
molecular interactions and self-assembly, including unsteady state
phenomena, third media (e.g., solvent) impact on interactions, condensation
and dissociation. Also, an introduction into Statistical Mechanics and
Thermodynamics in Small systems will be provided.
credit will be based on Class
assignments and Projects
(50 %), Examinations
(Exam 1, 25%) and (Exam 2, 25 %).
Course textbook, open literature and handouts.
No class - Holiday (Martin Luther King Day)
2 (Thu) Exam 1
6 and 8
In class presentation
No class - Holiday (Presidents Day)
9 (Thu) Exam 2 – (Last Day of Instruction)
To accommodate students with a learning disability or
other special needs, please inform the instructor the first week of class so that special arrangements can be