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Standard Academic Year
1, 2
Course delivery methods
Physical sciences, Mathematical sciences
Master's Program in Engineering Sciences
Master's Program in Engineering Sciences
Tsukuba Campus
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Surface Chemistry University of Tsukuba

Course Overview

This lecture will review i) surface structure, ii) surface electronic states, and iii) surface elementary steps from a chemical viewpoint as a basis of surface chemistry. Surface physics is also included. The relationship between electronic states and reactivity will also be mentioned. The surface analysis using scanning tunneling microscope and high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, first principle calculation, surface reaction theory, vacuum technology, and mechanism of surface elementary step observed at atomic level will be widely lectured.

Learning Achievement

(1) Understand the importance and general overview of surface chemistry
(2) Understand the interaction between gas and solid surface from the viewpoint of "molecular dynamics"
(3) Understand vacuum technology
(4) Understand collision, scattering and energy transfer
(5) Understand adsorption (physisorption and chemisorption)
(6) Understand dissociative adsorption and surface diffusion
(7) Understand desorption and thermal desorption spectroscopy
(8) Understand association reaction
(9) Understand surface reaction mechanism
(10) Understand crystal structure and rumpling
(11) Understand the surface reconstruction and adsorption structure
(12) Understand hydrogen molecules, hybrid orbitals, and band formation
(13) Understand density of states and surface electronic states
(14) Understand d-band center and molecular adsorption
(15) Understand work functions
(16) Understand the interaction between electrons, light, ions, and molecules and surfaces
(17) Understand photoelectron spectroscopy
(18) Understand Auger electron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction and infrared absorption spectroscopy
(19) Understand scanning tunneling microscope and scanning tunneling spectroscopy
(20) Understand the latest research trends in surface chemistry


"Basic Engineering", "Basic Academic Ability", "Expertise", "Ethics", "Practical Insight and Problem Solving"

Course prerequisites

Grading Philosophy

・ It is a prerequisite to attend every class.
・ Evaluation of grades will be based on the results of the final examination, but those who have poor attendance will not be eligible for credits.

Course schedule

Textbook prints will be distributed in the lecture.
It is good to understand the lecture with the print.Lecture 1: Importance of surface chemistry and overview
Lecture 2: Interaction between gas and solid surface (molecular dynamics)
Lecture 3: Interaction between gas and solid surface (vacuum technology)
Lecture 4: Collision, scattering, energy transfer
Lecture 5: adsorption (physisorption and chemisorption)
Lecture 6: Dissociation adsorption and surface diffusion
Lecture 7: Desorption and Thermal desorption spectroscopy
Lecture 8: Associative reaction
Lecture 9: Surface reaction mechanism
Lecture 10: Surface Structure (Crystal Structure and rumpling)
Lecture 11: Surface structure (surface reconstruction / adsorption structure)
Lecture 12: Surface electronic states (hydrogen molecules, hybridization of atomic orbitals, band formation)
Lecture 13: Surface electronic states (density of states and surface electronic states)
Lecture 14: Surface electronic states (d-band center and molecular adsorption)
Lecture 15: Surface electronic states (Work Function)
Lecture 16: Interaction between electron, light, ion, molecule and surface
Lecture 17: Surface analysis technique: Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Lecture 18: Surface analysis technique: Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Low energy electron diffraction
Lecture 19: Surface analysis technique: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy / Spectroscopy
Lecture 20: Recent Research Trends in Surface Chemistry

Course type


Online Course Requirement


Other information

Surface chemistry, which is the subject of this lecture, is a very important and fundamental element that cannot be ignored in various research fields dealing with solid materials such as solid state physics, solid state chemistry, and materials science. Deep understanding is important about physical chemistry and quantum mechanics as they are closely related to surface chemistry.
Avoid private language during class.

Site for Inquiry

Link to the syllabus provided by the university