Colloid Classification

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Liquid aerosol
A continuous gas mixed with a dispersed liquid
(Fog, mist, hair sprays)
Solid aerosol
A continuous gas mixed with a dispersed solid
(Smoke, cloud, air particulates)
Foam
A continuous liquid mixed with a dispersed gas
(Whipped cream, shaving cream)
Emulsion
A continuous liquid mixed with a dispersed liquid
(Milk, mayonnaise, hand cream)
Sol
A continuous liquid mixed with a dispersed solid
(Pigmented ink, blood, paint)
Solid foam
A continuous solid mixed with a dispersed gas
(Aerogel, Styrofoam, pumice)
Gel
A continuous solid mixed with a dispersed liquid
(Agar, gelatin, jelly, silicagel, opal)
Solid sol
A continuous solid mixed with a dispersed solid
(Cranberry glass - gold dispersed in glass)
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