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Techniques for characterization of interfaces


This course is devoted to the following techniques: Surface tension, Contact angle and Zeta- potential measurements, AFM, STM, Quartz crystal microbalance, Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, vibrational spectroscopy of surfaces (ATR, PM-IRRAS), SEM and Electrochemical impedance.


The aim of this course is to develop the student knowledge of interfacial characterization techniques. This includes both the understanding of fundamental aspects of those techniques and the information that can be gathered by those techniques. Furthermore the most relevant experimental parameters and data analysis will be addressed during this course.

Recommended Books

Surface Analysis Methods in Materials Science, D.J. O'Connor, B. A. Sexton, R. S.C. Smart, 2nd ed, Springer, 2003. Surface Analysis: The Principal Techniques, J. C. Vickerman, I. Gilmore, John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, Allen J. Bard, Larry R. Faulkner, 2nd ed, Wiley, 2001.

Teaching Staff

António Fernando Silva (course coordinator) Carlos Pereira


Lecture: 14h Practical courses: 28h Tutorial: 8h

Grading System

Quizzes: 25% Practical courses (homework, problems resolution, search of complementary information on the subjects presented): 25% Final exam: 50%

About SERP-Chem

Since its creation in 2008 the SERP-Chem master has benefit from the support of many patners. Click on the following link to visit our partners.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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