Surface and Interface Analysis
We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for
their support in the development and implementation of this course through
grant NSF DUE-9850822.
This course provides a detailed discussion and series
of experiments on the characterization of interfaces. This is a topic
that receives little or no attention in the traditional chemistry curriculum.
Characterization of organic-modified surfaces that may be useful in materials
and/or sensing applications are studied. While several different
types of interfaces are covered, the central focus of the course is on
the experimental characterization of alkanethiol monolayers on gold.
Students monitor monolayer growth in real time using a quartz crystal microbalance;
determine monolayer thickness and organization using optical ellipsometry
and reflectance FTIR; and use cyclic voltammetry and contact angle measurements
to probe the physical properties of the monolayers.
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Overview (Presentation from the National ACS Meeting Fall
1999 New Orleans, LA)
Assignments and Literature Resources
Experiments Adapted for Analytical/Physical Laboratory I (CEM 372)
Last update: July 6, 2000 by Kathryn
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University