Structural Tools in Nanoscience

Course content

 

The purpose of the course is to give an introduction to modern charactisation tools in surface and nano science. During the course, we will discuss some of the most important experimental tools for advanced structural characterisation of samples. These tools could include:

 

  • Scattering methods based on x-rays and neutrons (small angle scattering, reflectometry, EXAFS, diffraction) 
  • Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) 
  • Scanning probe methods including scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscopy (STM, AFM) 
  • Chemical characterisation tools such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy or energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XPS, EDXS)
  • Simulation methods, mainly density functional theory and molecular dynamics (DFT, MD) 


Scientists, with expertise in the individual methods, from the Chemistry Department and other institutions, will present the physical basis of the techniques as well as their strength and weaknesses, with highlight examples. 

A large part of the course is experimental, where the students will use the techniques and learn about their applicability. They will work in groups of two to four people and choose their own set of samples which they will characterise with a subset of the techniques presented in the lectures. This practical part is very much student driven. They will have to organise the lab work within the team, keep a logbook, arrange laboratory time and seek information about the interpretation of the results, etc... a report and a poster will be produced about the characterisation of the samples and findings of the project. If possible, a one-day visit to a company or large scientific facility will be arranged.
 

Education

Master programme in Nanoscience

Learning outcome

Having followed this course the student should have acquired the following: 

 

Competences:

  • be able to explain the basic physical and chemical principles of the presented techniques
  • be able to compare and discuss the advantages and limitations of the techniques
  • be able to plan which methods to use in order to obtain useful information about a sample
  • be able to explain scientific results (report and poster presentation)

 

Skills:

  • hands-on experience of some of the techniques in practice

 

Knowledge:

  • about characterisation tools in surface and nano science

Lectures and laboratory practice
working in groups

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15-20 min
The oral examination consists of the presentation of the poster followed by questions from the teachers.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

see 'learning outcome'

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Project work
  • 163,75
  • Practical exercises
  • 12
  • Exam
  • 0,25
  • English
  • 206,00