Surface Analysis Techniques e-learn (F1189)

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 following techniques will be described:

  • 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
  • surface scanning probe microscopy

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


30%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Problem set)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: