Apply concepts and methods of Physics and Chemistry of Solids in understanding the behavior of surfaces and interfaces in Materials Engineering processes.
Ability to handle and interpret experimental data from various surface analysis and characterization techniques.
Ability to extend chemical and bulk materials engineering concepts, in diverse new technological areas pertaining to surface/interface treatment and properties.
Students are expected to have basic knowledge from Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, Instrumental Chemical Analysis
- Introduction to Solid Surfaces and Interfaces. The necessity of Ultra-high-vacuum in studying atomically clean surfaces. An Introduction to Vacuum Science and Technology.
- Surface chemical analysis. Introduction to the main spectroscopic techniques for solid surface chemical characterization.
- Atomic structure of solid surfaces. Elements of crystallography in two dimensions. Crystal structure determination using Electron Diffraction and Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques.
- Electronic properties of solid surfaces. Work Function - Concepts and measurement techniques. Contact potential. Metal - semiconductor interfaces.
- Surface atomic motion. Diffusion. Surface melting.
- Adsorption processes on solid surfaces. Physisorption and chemisorption. Characterization of adsorbed layers. Growth and characterization of thin films. Epitaxy. Applications in the area of microelectronics.
LECTURES: 3 h/w
Total Module Workload (ECTS Standards):
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