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Welcome to the
This is a fast-pace course and it will involve all in-person lecture
sessions and in-person training and experiments.
Please go to watlab.com and familiarize with the safety protocols before
engaging in-person training sessions.
Please have a
uw email address and a gmail email address ready in the event that we need
to revert back to remote learning. Please also have a LEARN account
ready as we will switch to LEARN after the first lecture.
Characterization Introduction to Microscopic and Spectorscopic Methhods -
Yang Leng Wiley 2008
Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization - Evans, Brundle, Wilson 1992
focus on the following five experimental modules:
Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
and related techniques;
B. X-ray diffraction;
Optical spectroscopy, including UV/Vis, PL, Raman,
FTIR with ATR;
D. Electron spectroscopy;
Atomic force microscopy.
All modules will
include the following topics:
1. Background and history
Basic principle of the technique (and any sister
techniques) and basic equations
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.
5. Description of basic instrumentation
The basic procedure to acquire data, checklists
for machine startup and shutdown,
and what not to do with the machine.
7. Interpretation of the collected data (spectra
and what do fundamental information that they carry.
Data artifacts and other things to watch
Experiments - Hands-on training will be
provided by our WATLab staff:
Module A - Microscopy - Dr. Nina Heinig
Module B - X-ray Diffraction - Dr. Nina Heinig
Module C - Optical Spectroscopy - Dr.
Module D - Electron Spectroscopy - Dr. Joseph Thomas
Module E - Atomic Force Microscopy - Dr. Lei Zhang
All the training lectures (in pdf
format) are available at LEARN or by email.
Lab report format
- Five pages maximum (single line
spacing, 12 pt font size, time-roman font, 1 inch border all around, page
number and header can be outside border). The report should have five
sections: Introduction, Objective/Scope, Data and Data Analysis, Discussion,
Conclusion. If there are too many graphs and tables, they can be
placed in an appendix (Supporting Information) of three additional pages and
should be numbered/referenced appropriately.
Lab report DUE dates -
Reports (hardcopy only) should be submitted before noon on the due dates (generally two weeks
after the experimental module is completed). See LEARN for more
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