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Caractérisation des surfaces et nanomatériaux

Teacher :       Dr Spiros Zafeiratos

                       Laboratoire d'analyse de surface

                       Département Nanomatériaux, Catalyse et Interfaces

                      Institut de chimie et procédés pour l’énergie, l’environnement et la santé (ICPEES UMR7515)

                      E-mail : spiros.zafeiratos@unistra.fr      

Duration : 21 h



Experiment: Theoretical and practical background of the most frequently used surface analysis methods. Practical examples and key studies.

Manage : Manage an analytical Laboratory by obtaining an overview of the main surface and nanomaterial analysis techniques.

Create: Be able to propose new materials with designed optimized properties for certain applications.

Recommend : Be able to make a choice of the appropriate analytical method according to the specific problematic.



The objective is to describe the most important experimental techniques for surface analysis of solid materials: basic theoretical concepts, instrumentation, applications and characteristic examples.

- Introduction to solid surfaces and interfaces. Basic principles of surface spectroscopy.

- Introduction to Vacuum technology.

- Photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopies (XPS, UPS, AES).

- Thermal desorption spectroscopies (TDS,TPR ext).

- Ion spectroscopies (SIMS, LEIS).

- Vibrational spectroscopies (IR, EELS).

- Basic techniques to determine the surface structure (LEED, RHEED, PED ext).

- Surface microscopy and related techniques (AFM, STM, SEM, TEM).

- Synchrotron radiation and surface analysis (X-ray absorption EXAFS & SEXAFS, X-ray microscopy SPEM, XPEEM ext.)

- Analysis of nano-scale materials using surface sensitive techniques.

- Research strategies and Case studies related to Catalyst Characterization.

- Visit to the Surface Analysis Laboratory.



Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, by G.A. Somorjai and Y. Li, 2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2010 - 771 p.

Handbook of Surface And Interface Analysis: Methods for Problem-Solving, by John C. Riviere, Sverre Myhra, CRC press, Taylor and Francis group. 2nd edition, 2009.

Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis and Nanoscience by Kurt W. Kolasinski, 2nd edition.; Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ, 2008; 500 p.






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