Course: BIOEN 492: Surface Analysis

Credits: 3

Instructor: Buddy Ratner

Texts and Supplemental Materials: J. C. Vickerman (ed.), Syrface Analysis – The Principle Techniques, John Wiles and Sons, Ltd/. Chichester, U.K. (1997) (optional)

UW Catalog Description: Understanding of solid surfaces for research and development in microelectronics, catalysis, adhesion, biomaterials, science wear, and corrosion science. Newer methods available to study surfaces of materials. Electron emission spectroscopies (ESCA, Auger): ion scattering, ion spectroscopic, photon spectroscopic, and thermodynamic methods.

Prerequisites by Course: None

(BIOE student must be in junior core (Spring))

Prerequisites by Topic: General chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory physics

Required or Elective: Elective

Specific Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology to design and solve biomedical and other technological problems
  2. Design surface analysis protocols and interpret results

Outcomes Addressed by this Course:

C. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.

G. An ability to communicate effectively.

J. Knowledge of contemporary issues.

 Topics Covered:

  1. Introduction to the chemistry and physics of surfaces
  2. Vacuum theory and systems
  3. Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA)(theory, instrumentation, data interpretation, quantification)
  4. Auger electron spectroscopy
  5. Ion methods and particularly secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)
  6. Scanning probe methods
  7. Contact angles and wettability
  8. Vibrational spectroscopies for surface studies
  9. Analysis of roughness/texture/depth distributions of composition 10. NEXAFS and synchrotron methods

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