Nanotechniques & Nanotools
2017 Spring Term

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Course Bulletin
Website last updated at 2017-06-05 17:17

 

ON-LINE REFERENCE
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

 

MATERIALS


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

All modules will include the following topics:
1.
 Background and history
2.
Basic principle of the technique (and any sister techniques) and basic equations
3.
 Key information provided by the technique
4.
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
6.
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/or images),
and what do fundamental information that they carry.
8.
Data artifacts and other things to watch
9. Data analysis

10. Experiments - Hands on training will be provided by our WATLab experts:

Module A - Microscopy - Dr. Nina Heinig
Module B - X-ray Diffraction - Dr. Anisur Rahman

Module C - Optical Spectroscopy - Dr. Anisur Rahman
Module D - Electron Spectroscopy - Dr. Jung Soo Kang
Module E - Atomic Force Microscopy - Dr. Lei Zhang

All the training lectures (in pdf format) are available at LEARN and/or by email.

Click here to log into google calendar with id  tongatuwaterloo.ca@gmail.com  to reserve time.

 

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 two additional pages and should be numbered/referenced appropriately.  Lab reports are due two weeks after completion of the experiment modules, and all five reports must be received in my office before noon on June 28.

 

Lab report DUE dates - Reports should be printed nicely and handed in to my office before noon on the following due dates.  No need for soft copy.
Module A - June 14 (Wednesday) noon
Module B - June 21 (Wednesday) noon
Module C, D, E - July 5 (Wednesday) noon

 

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Week Date CLASS LOG:  What have we learned today? Reading Task
1 May 10 Brief introduction to the different modules and scope of the course   Lecture
2 May 17 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 22-26 Module A: Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy and related techniques   Lecture/
Experiment
4 May 29-June 2 Module B: X-ray diffraction   Experiment
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/
Experiment
         

 

 
     
     
 

Frequently Asked Questions


Does one need to buy the textbook?   No.

Mark review policy  As per discussion in class.