Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films
& Related Analytical Techniques




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Prerequisites: CHM 626 

Course Contents

 General introduction to solid surface and interface of materials (No. of Lecture 2)
- Why surface is different/important?
- Applications of surface and interfaces

Thin films and Clusters (No. of Lecture 5)
- Type of interfaces: solid-solid, solid-molecule, solid-liquid, gas-solid interfaces
- Elementary processes of gas-surface interaction
- Adsorption (physical and chemical) and interface formation
- Ultra high vacuum (UHV) technology
- Methods for preparation of thin films (Physical and chemical methods)

Structure, morphology and electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces (No. of Lecture 6)
- Structure of clean surfaces, reconstructions, stepped surfaces
- Electronic properties of surfaces
- Adsorbates on surfaces, self-assembly, consequences of adsorbates on surface
- Electronic properties of adsorbates on surfaces

Thermodynamics at surface (No. of Lecture 5)
- Surface tension
- Surface energy and surface composition
- Meta stable surfaces, curves surfaces
- Thermodynamics of adsorbed layers

Catalysis by surface (No. of Lecture 3)
- Chemical reactions at surface
- Few case studies

Surface morphology characterization techniques (No. of Lecture 7)
- Electron microscopes (Scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscope)
- Near field microscopes (Scanning tunneling microscope, Atomic force microscope, Scanning electrochemical microscope, Scanning near field optical microscope)

Surface electronic properties characterization techniques (No. of Lecture 7)
- Electron emission from surfaces by incident electron or photon
- X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
- UV-Vis photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)
- Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)
- High-Resolution Electron-Energy-Loss Spectroscopy (HREELS)
- Near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS)

Surface structure characterization techniques (No. of Lecture 6)
- Low energy electron diffraction (LEED)
- Reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED)

Perspectives (No. of Lecture 1) 



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  • Introduction to solid state physics by Charles Kittel

  • Introduction to surface chemistry and catalysis by Gabor A. Somorjai, Yimin Li

  • Electronic and Photoelectron Spectroscopy by Andrew M. Ellis, Miklos Feher and Timothy G. Wright

  • Scanning Probe Microscopy by Roland Wiesendanger

  • Handbook of vacuum science and technology by Dorothy Hoffman

  • Solid surfaces interface and thin films by H. Lüth




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