Surface Analysis Techniques

Module code: F1191
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module describes various techniques used to analyse surfaces in order to obtain information about surface reactions in general.

The module will explore the use of techniques to determine surface and adsorbate structure, energetics, vibrational spectra and also microscopy.

The techniques of low energy electron diffraction, surface vibrational spectroscopy (reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy), temperature programmed desorption, electronic spectroscopies (X-ray and ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy), sticking probability measurements and surface scanning probe microscopy will be described.

In all cases, examples will be given to which the particular technique(s) can be applied.

Module learning outcomes

  • A systematic understanding of the use of various surface analysis techniques to analyse surface/adsorbate systems
  • An ability to deploy accurately the results of surface analysis to determine key information about an adsorbate system
  • A critical understanding of the use of ultra-high vacuum in surface analysis