Aim of the course is to provide knowledge about specific aspects as well as physical and chemical phenomena occurring at surfaces and interfaces.
• Structure of crystalline surfaces as well as the methods and
techniques for their preparation and characterisation;
• basic thermodynamics and kinetics of surface processes including phenomena of surface tension and adsorption/desorption;
• major interaction forces near the interfaces including van der Waals and double-layer forces;
• physi- and chemi-sorption at surfaces and catalysis;
• structure of interfaces, wetting theory, hydrophobicity, membranes and growth of thin films;
• reactions at interfaces and electrochemistry.
The student will become skilled in solving problems within the topics listed above and will be able to apply theories and methods of surface physics and chemistry.
Competencies that are acquired develop and strengthen the knowledge and understanding of theory and methods in surface science, as well as their applications. Based on the skills acquired in this module the student should be able to reflect on and discuss topics from surface science.
Lectures supported by problem solving classes.
This is a 5 ECTS course module and the work load is
expected to be 150 hours for the student.
|Name of exam
|Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces
|Type of exam
Written or oral exam
|7-point grading scale
|Type of grading
|Criteria of assessment
|The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures
|Study Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
|Department of Materials and Production
|The Faculty of Engineering and Science