Nanotechniques & Nanotools
2017 Spring Term

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Course Bulletin
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EAG Laboratories
Surface Science Western

Materials Characterization Introduction to Microscopic and Spectorscopic Methhods - Yang Leng Wiley 2008
Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization - Evans, Brundle, Wilson 1992



We focus on the following five experimental modules:
A. Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy and related techniques;
 X-ray diffraction;
Optical spectroscopy, including UV/Vis, PL, Raman, FTIR with ATR;
Electron spectroscopy;
Atomic force microscopy.

All modules will include the following topics:
 Background and history
Basic principle of the technique (and any sister techniques) and basic equations
 Key information provided by the technique
Special features of the technique, including the concepts of surface sensitivity, probe volume, energy resolution, spatial resolution, depth resolution, depth of focus, chemical content and composition, and other.
Description of basic instrumentation
The basic procedure to acquire data, checklists for machine startup and shutdown,
and what not to do with the machine.
Interpretation of the collected data (spectra and/or images),
and what do fundamental information that they carry.
Data artifacts and other things to watch
9. Data analysis

10. Experiments - Hands on training
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Week Date CLASS LOG:  What have we learned today? Reading Task
1 May 3 Brief introduction to the different modules and scope of the course   Lecture
2 May 10 Module A-E:  Each module will include a brief introduction to the basic principle behind the technique, standard operating procedure of the tool on hand, and individual experimentation.   Lecture
3 May 15-19 Module A: Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy and related techniques   Lecture/
4 May 22-26 Module B: X-ray diffraction   Experiment
  May 29- June 2 Break - CSC-100    
5 June 5-9 Module C: Optical spectroscopy, including UV/Vis, PL, Raman, FTIR with ATR   Experiment
6 June 12-16 Module D:  Electron spectroscopy   Experiment
7 June 19-23 Module E: Atomic force microscopy   Experiment
8 June 26-30 Wrap-up   Lecture/



Frequently Asked Questions

Does one need to buy the textbook?   No.

Mark review policy  As per discussion in class.