CHEM40450 Surface Science and Technology (TCD)

Academic Year 2022/2023

The Module provides a detailed examination of all of the practical aspects of measurements on surfaces. It covers the fundamentals of vacuum creation and pressure measurement; the nature of surface structure and how it is determined; how surfaces are characterised; and how they are prepared for chemcal processes.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this Module, students should be able to use various techniques to characterise a given surface including: low energy electron diffraction (LEED); reflection high enenergy electron diffraction (RHEED); photoelectron diffraction; x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA); Auger electron spectroscopy (AES); scanning Auger microscopy (SAM); secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and various other mass spectrometric techniques; scanning tunneling microscope (STM); atomic force microscopy.

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Autonomous Student Learning




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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Basic undergraduate physics or chemistry

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
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Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
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