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SURFACE SCIENCE AND NANOSTRUCTURING AT SURFACES

CODE 61936
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9017 SCIENZA E INGEGNERIA DEI MATERIALI (LM-53) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9012 FISICA(LM-17) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9017 SCIENZA E INGEGNERIA DEI MATERIALI (LM-53) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9012 FISICA(LM-17) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR FIS/03
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course will introduce in the basic concepts of Surface Science and of the nanostructuring at surfaces handling both theory and experimental methods. Laboratory demonstrations will allow the students to better understand the experimental methods and the basic concepts.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Understanding the fundamentals of surface science. Capacity of reading scientific papers in surface science and applied surface science.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The students will understand the basic surface science concepts and the theoretical and experimental methods which have been develped for the description of surfaces and for their nanostructuration

    PREREQUISITES

    Introductory courses to the concepts of Solid State and to the Principles of Quantum Mechanics 

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal Lectures (42 hours) and Laboratory Demonstrations (10 hours)

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Relevance of surfaces and interfaces in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Surface excess quantities and thermodynamical properties of surfaces. Crystallographic structure: relaxation and reconstruction. Electronic ground state properties of metals and surface states. Surface magnetism. Specific cases for semiconductor, oxide and insulator surfaces, graphene and other ultrathin films. Towards one and zero dimensions, atomic wires and clusters at surfaces. Excited states at surfaces: surface phonon spectra, surface electronic and magnetic excitations. Connections to plasmonics, Energy harvesting in solar cells and photoinduced chemistry. Gas-Surface interaction, physisorption and chemisorption, dynamics of the interaction, asdsoprtion, desorption, sticking and simple catalytic reactions. Crystal growth, MBE, CVD, Ablation techniques, Nanosized films and clusters. Self-assembled monolayers and artificial nanostructures. Experimental methods for surface science: Scanning Probe Microscopies, Surface Sensitive Spectroscopies and Diffraction Methods

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Gabor Somorjai, second edition Wiley

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARIO AGOSTINO ROCCA (President)

    GIOVANNI CARRARO (President Substitute)

    LUCA VATTUONE (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    in the first semester according to academic calender year

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The students will be examined orally. They will expose a topic of their choice. The commission will then ask to expose a different topic. Questions will be posed by the jury to assess the knowledge level of the student

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The students will be examined orally. They will expose a topic of their choice. The commission will then ask to expose a different topic. Questions will be posed by the jury to assess the knowledge level of basic concepts by the student. Sufficiency will be reached when the topics are exposed with proper language and the students demonstrates to have a basic understanding of the concepts assocaited to surface science.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    07/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    28/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale