CHEN40510 Advanced Characterisation Tech

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course will focus on the techniques relevant for the characterisation of a wide range of material and surface/interface analysis relating to high technology industries including Semiconductor, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Aerospace. These techniques are varied but focus on high resolution imaging and chemical properties of materials. The primary techniques covered will be Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Focused Ion Beam (FIB), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS). Students will have access to the characterisation equipment in the UCD Nano Imaging and Material Analysis Centre (NIMAC).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The students will be expected to understand the basic principles, advantages and limitations of the analytical techniques presented in the course. Furthermore, course participants will understand the requirements for samples suitable for each technique and the associated sample preparation methods used. They should also be able to perform simple and routine operations on the experimental setups. This will give the students the knowledge and understanding required to select the most suitable technique in order that they can obtain the required material properties.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case studies
Laboratory work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature review on a chosen material with emphasis on the primary characterization techniques outlined in the module. Week 10 n/a Graded No


Assignment: TEM & XPS assignment Week 11 n/a Graded No


Examination: End of year exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 12:00 - 12:50