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Fall 2013-2014
CBE 526 / CHM 527 / MSE 526  

Surface Science: Processes and Probes

Bruce E. Koel

An introduction to processes at surfaces and interfaces. Experimental methods of surface science. Electron spectroscopy, ion scattering, and scanning probe microscopy. Atomic structure of surfaces and adsorbed layers. Thermodynamics of surface processes. Adsorption and molecular dynamics of gas-surface reactions. Kinetics of adsorption, desorption, diffusion, and reactions. Liquid interfaces. Heterogeneous catalysts. Etching. Film growth and epitaxy. Applications to energy and environmental science and technology.

Sample reading list:
Kolasinski, Surface Science: Foundations of Catalysis Nanoscience
Ertl, Reactions at Solid Surfaces
Somorjai and Li, Introduction to Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
Woodruff and Delchar, Modern Techniques of Surface Science
Adamson and Gast, Physical Chemistry of Surfaces
Masel, Principles of Adsorption and Reaction on Solid Surfaces

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly problem sets and reading in reference texts. Students are expected to write one term paper and present the paper orally in class.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 10%
Problem set(s) - 45%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
It is expected all students will have some familiarity with kinetics and thermodynamics..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21489 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Engineering Quad A-Wing   A224   Enrolled:15 Limit:40