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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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CH 3660 - Surface Properties of Materials

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This is a materials chemistry course appropriate for junior level students from all engineering majors. The course includes basic description of physics and chemistry of surfaces and their relation to surface properties of materials. The emphasis of the course is to provide students with knowledge on several important modern applications of surface chemistry: surface chemical reactions (catalytic converters and fuel cells), thin films and their application as lubricants, coatings and novel electronic materials, improving friction and wear properties of surfaces through chemical modification. A substantial part of the course is devoted to surface nanotechnology - an introduction to the design, manufacturing and characterization of various nanomaterials and nanodevices on surfaces and their potential applications. (prereq: CH 200 , CH 200A , CH 200B  or PH 2030/PH 2031 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the fundamental physics and chemistry driving the phenomena that occur at the gas-solid interface
  • Use reciprocal space notation to describe surface morphology and properties
  • Understand the principles of operation of modern heterogeneous catalysts
  • Understand the principles of operation of fuel cells
  • Have a solid knowledge on how chemical modification relates to tribological properties of surfaces

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Chemical bonds and chemical bond formation
  • Physics of the solid state
  • Intermolecular forces

Course Topics
  • Electronic structure of metal and metal-oxide surfaces
  • Surface description using reciprocal space notation
  • Modern techniques for surface characterization - AES, XPS, SPM, RAIRS, Raman
  • Physisorption and adsorption
  • Interaction of molecules with solid surfaces and surface chemical reactions
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Fuel cells
  • Tribology and nanotribology

Dr. Matey Kaltchev

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