Course Coordinator: 
Yabing Qi
Surface Sciences

Discover the fundamental properties of physics and chemistry occurring at surfaces and interfaces, central to many recent developments in  science and technology, such as physical chemistry, electronic devices, catalysis, semiconductor processing, new materials development, biomaterials, biotechnology and biomedicine, nanotechnology, and others. Through lectures, projects, and assignments, learn the basic concepts of the field, and operation principles of major analytical techniques and instruments, such as scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS). Discuss the applications of these concepts and instruments in various research fields.

After taking this course, students will be able to understand the basic concepts, operation principles, and instrumentation of major analytical techniques in surface science.
Course Content: 

The following topics will be covered via lectures and projects: the basic concepts, operation principles, instrumentation and applications of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS), Inverse Photoemission Spectroscopy (IPES), etc.

Course Type: 
Homework assignments 50% (2 hours per week), 2 projects x 25% (8 hours / project).
Text Book: 
  • Concepts in Surface Physics, 2 edn, M.-C. Desjonquères and D. Spanjaard (1998) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  • Modern Techniques of Surface Science, 3 edn, D. Phil Woodruff (2016) Cambridge University Press
  • Surface Science – An Introduction, K. Oura, V.G. Lifshits, A.A. Saranin, A.V. Zotov, M. Katayama (2003) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Reference Book: 
  • Introduction to Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, C.J. Chen (1993) Oxford University Press
  • Photoelectron Spectroscopy – Principles and Applications, 3 edn, S. Hüfner (2003) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Prior Knowledge: 
General knowledge in physics and chemistry.

Enrollment cap of 5 students
Pretraining required in
OHS: Basics of Health and Safety
OHS: Personal protective Equipment (PPE)