SURFACE AND NANOMATERIAL CHARACTERISATION

PHY4SSC

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore solid material surfaces and inter faces, which are key to modern manufactured materials and devices. You will investigate the elemental,chemical and molecular properties of materials relevant to adhesion, biocompatibility and environmental protection, sensing and devices . You will investigate industrially important characterisation and data analysis techniques including surface analytical techniques, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary IonMass Spectrometry, and Auger Electron Spectroscopy, and related synchrotron techniques.

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 into one the following course: SHS,SZHSMN ,SNMT or PSMSC or must have Course Co-ordinator approval to enrol in this subject.

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 PES (2nd Ed)PrescribedBriggs, D., and Seah, M. P., 1990John Wiley and Sons
ReadingsModern techniques ofPrescribedWoodruff, D. P. and Delchar, T. A., 2016Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review the published scientific literature regarding a given current topic in surface science.

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 1000 words in consultation with the supervisor. Students prepare and deliver an oral 10 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

02. Describe and explain 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.

03. Interpret and analyse data acquired during demonstrations of surface science laboratory experiments in order to demonstrate competence in data analysis

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

04. Demonstrate a professional competence in communicating key findings from experimental investigations and research of the current literature.

Activities:
Students write a scientific report of approximately 1000 words in consultation with the supervisor. Students prepare and deliver an oral 10 min presentation. They will answer questions about the essay in a professional manner. Students will write three practical laboratory reports.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Class requirements

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.

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three individual practical reports (1300 word equiv each)70 02, 03, 04
One essay related to oral presentation (1000 word equiv.)15 01, 04
One 10-minute oral presentation (1000 word equiv)15 01, 04