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Biophysical Chemistry: Thermodynamics

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

About the course

The course addresses some fundamental problem concerning the driving forces in chemical and biological systems. The basic concepts in the language of thermodynamics are introduced. What determines the direction of a spontaneous change? Entropy defined thermodynamically and microscopically. Focusing on the system: Gibbs and Helmholtz energy is introduced and standard Gibbs energy describing reactions and physical transformations. Thermodynamics for simple mixtures are fundamental for understanding of complex system not least biochemical systems. Phase diagrams of one and two components, and immiscible liquids and liquid crystals are briefly discussed. Chemical equilibrium is described in terms of Gibbs energy, why do the equilibrium constant looks as it does? Understanding electrochemistry is most fundamental for all chemistry and biochemistry, where all processes of interest (nerve signals for instance) are happening in a sodium chloride solution.

The course will be given in english if foreign students participate.

Application and eligibility

Biophysical Chemistry: Thermodynamics, 7.5 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2019 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 2 September 2019


Lectures end during the week of 30 September 2019

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Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

Fundamentals of Chemistry, 15 ECTS (5KE080), or the equivalent.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 15 January 2019.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Department of Chemistry
Contact person for the course is:
Maria Jansson