Surface Analysis Techniques (F1191)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 126 hours of work. This breaks down into about 26 hours of contact time and about 100 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: