ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY OF SURFACES AND INTERPHASES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To provide the fundamental concepts on the properties and reactivity of surfaces, with reference to the new
materials. Highlights the main analytical techniques for interphases and surface characterisation and their
Knowledge of instrumental analytical chemistry
Course contents summary
Definition of interphase and surface, bulk and (multi)layers materials
Classification of interphases
Classical and modern methodologies for the interphase characterisation: application field and information
Thickness of the interphase region.
Application fields: examples of reaction, processes and phenomena that involve the interphase concept.
Classification and main properties of interphases.
Surface preparation and modification, etching and deposition techniques.
Selective and non-selective chemical etchings.
Composition rules for the etching mixtures, ternary composition diagrams, viscosity and temperature effects.
Photoactivated chemical etchings.
Physical Vapour Deposition and Chemical Vapour Deposition.
Morphological characterisation of interphases: point, surface, localised and extended defects, defect
propagation within the interphase.
Chemical characterisation of interphases: compositional inohomogeneity
Evaluation of functional characteristics.
Interactions betweens particles and matter. penetration in the interphase, diffusion and retrodiffusion
Lateral and axial diffusion.
Optical microscopy, metallographic microscope, illumination systems, fundamental parameters of optical
microscopy, optical aberrations, bright and dark field microscopy, polarised and monochromatic light
Combined use of optical microscopy and chemical etchings.
Quantitative analysis in optical microscopy, fundamentals of data acquisition and image digitalization
systems, expert and non expert automatic recognition systems
Scanning Electronic Microscopy, basic instrumentation and working principle, maximum magnification, sample
characteristics, limitations and sample preparation, detectors
Combined use of SEM, X-ray fluorescence and Auger electron spectroscopy.
Atomic force spectroscopy and profilometers.
Fundamentals of X-ray fluorescence, microprobe, the energy dispersive detector, applicative examples
Fundamentals of Auger electron spectroscopy, principles and instrumentation, application field and comparison
with x-ray fluorescence, compositional profiles, examples and applications.
Fundamentals of other electron spectroscopies: ESCA, UPS.
Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy LA-ICP-MS. The secondary ion mass spectroscopy
(SIMS), principles and instrumentation, ion sources, qualitative and quantitative analysis, standard
preparation, concentration profiles, repeatability problems.
Ellipsometry, principles and instrumentation, the spectroscopic ellipsometry, uses of the information
obtained, data acquisition and handling.
Nanoparticles determination techiques: one particle ICP-MS, fractionation techniques bidimensional
T.G. Rochow and E.G. Rochow, An introduction to microscopy by means of Light, Electrons, X-ray or ultrasound
- Plenum press NYC ISBN 0-306-31111-9
Surface and Thin film analysis: principles, instrumentation, applications; H. Hubert and H. Jenett eds -
Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim (D), electronic ISBN 3-527-60016-7
R. Kellner J.M. Mermet, M. Otto, H.M. Widmer (Eds), Analytical Chemistry (chapter 10) - Wiley-VCH (ISBN 3-
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