SURFACE AND NANOMATERIAL CHARACTERISATION

PHY4SSC

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, the characterisation of solid material surfaces and surface layers, preparation of clean solid surfaces for analysis, thermal treatment, ion etching, and adsorption will be discussed. Characterisation and data analysis approaches including surface structural techniques, LEED (Low Energy Electron Diffraction), and SPM (Scanning Probe Microscopy), surface analytical techniques, XPS (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy), SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry), and AES (Auger Electron Spectroscopy), and related synchrotron techniques will be explored. Investigation and modelling of the electron and ion optical systems underlying selected techniques will be undertaken.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SZHSMN, SMNT, PSMSC, SZHSN, SHS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical Surface Analysis: Auger and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (Volume 1)PrescribedBriggs, D., and Seah, M. P., 1990John Wiley and Sons
ReadingsModern techniques of surface sciencePrescribedWoodruff, D. P., and Delchar, T. A., 1988Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review the published scientific literature regarding a given current topic in surface science. Convey the findings via a written report and an oral presentation. Answer spontaneous oral queries about the findings in the manner of an oral defence.

Activities:
Students are provided with a research problem related to the theory and/or application of surface characterisation. Students write a scientific report of approximately 1500 words in consultation with the supervisor. Students prepare and deliver an oral 15 min presentation summarising the key findings of their essay. They will answer questions about the essay in a professional manner. This presentation will be prepared in consultation with the supervisor and will draw on experience in speaking in previous undergraduate subjects.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Describe and explain, in appropriate written style, the operation and function of key surface science instrumentation and software.

Activities:
Theoretical and practical aspects of surface science methods and techniques are presented in lectures and laboratories enabling students to explain in detail the operation of surface science instrumentation. Computational skills related to surface analysis are developed during the laboratories. Students will write three practical laboratory reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Summarise, interpret and analyse data acquired during demonstrations of surface science laboratory experiments in order to demonstrate competence in data analysis and present the analyses in a written report.

Activities:
Advanced data analysis skills related to surface analysis are introduced and developed during the laboratory classes enabling students to competently analyse and interpret data. Students will submit three written practical laboratory reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three individual prac reports (1400 words each)70 02, 03
One essay related to oral presentation (1500 words)15 01
One 10-minute oral presentation15 01