327-0505-00L  Surfaces, Interfaces and their Applications I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersN. Spencer, M. P. Heuberger, L. Isa
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


327-0505-00 VSurfaces, Interfaces and their Applications I2 hrs
Mon08:45-10:30HCI J 7 »
N. Spencer, M. P. Heuberger, L. Isa
327-0505-00 USurfaces, Interfaces and their Applications I1 hrs
Mon10:45-11:30HCI J 7 »
N. Spencer, M. P. Heuberger, L. Isa

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AbstractAfter being introduced to the physical/chemical principles and importance of surfaces and interfaces, the student is introduced to the most important techniques that can be used to characterize surfaces. Later, liquid interfaces are treated, followed by an introduction to the fields of tribology (friction, lubrication, and wear) and corrosion.
ObjectiveTo gain an understanding of the physical and chemical principles, as well as the tools and applications of surface science, and to be able to choose appropriate surface-analytical approaches for solving problems.
ContentIntroduction to Surface Science
Physical Structure of Surfaces
Surface Forces (static and dynamic)
Adsorbates on Surfaces
Surface Thermodynamics and Kinetics
The Solid-Liquid Interface
Electron Spectroscopy
Vibrational Spectroscopy on Surfaces
Scanning Probe Microscopy
Introduction to Tribology
Introduction to Corrosion Science
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LiteratureScript Download:
Book: "Surface Analysis--The Principal Techniques", Ed. J.C. Vickerman, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-97292
Prerequisites / NoticeChemistry:
General undergraduate chemistry
including basic chemical kinetics and thermodynamics

General undergraduate physics
including basic theory of diffraction and basic knowledge of crystal structures
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersN. Spencer, M. P. Heuberger, L. Isa
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsnone

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