2021 Advanced Course of Surface Chemistry on Inorganic Materials

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Nakajima Akira  Matsushita Sachiko 
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Course description and aims

The instructor lectures widely on the structure, properties, evaluation methods, applications, etc. for solid surfaces. The course focuses on inorganic materials, but surface properties of various solids such as metals, organic matter, ionic crystals, covalent crystals, semiconductors, amorphous materials, etc. are also touched on. By explaining through comparison, students acquire knowledge related to selecting processes and materials, as well as basic thought for creating the desired solid surface properties. Students are also introduced as best as possible to the newest topics related to technology for surface treatment and surface evaluation. This course thus does not consist of simply bestowing knowledge, but of graduate level surface chemistry.
The surface of solids is the direct interface between that material and other substances, light, electrons, heat, forces, magnetism, etc. By effectively controlling this "field", it is possible to extract the properties of bulk solids, and bestow the surface with properties that differ from bulk solids. The course focuses on content conducive to designing such surface function materials, in particular their structure and composition. Students will gain an understanding of basic approaches for controlling surface properties.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to :
1) Understand fundamentals of surface science on inorganic solids.
2) Acquire the knowledge on the technologies on surface control and its evaluation.
3) Apply the fundamental knowledge on surface chemistry to the design of various surface functional materials.


surface, wetting, adsorption, electron transfer, self-assembly

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

14 lectures are held. Practice problems are given out for self-study.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: definition of surface, ideal surface and real surface, high vacuum requirement Definition of surface, and the outline of the class are presented.
Class 2 Surface structure I: surface relaxation, surface reconstruction, surface topography, solubility parameter Various characteristic surface structure are explained.
Class 3 Surface structure II: surface structural characteristics of oxides, metals, and polymers. Surface characteristics are presented on various solids.
Class 4 Electric state of solid surface: DOS, work function, molecular orbitals for interaction Difference on electronic state between bulk solids and surface state are presented, mainly on metals.
Class 5 Thermodynamics of solid surface: Gibbs-Duhem equation for solid surface, surface energy, Young's equation, MGR model Chemical thermodynamics on solid surface is presented.
Class 6 Kinetics of surface reaction I: adsorption-desorption equilibrium, adsorption heat, molecular association Chemical kinetics on solid surface is presented.
Class 7 Kinetics of surface reaction II: dissociative adsorption, competitive adsorption, Chemical kinetics on solid surface is presented.
Class 8 Surface structure design: self-assembly Introduction of Self-organization for surface formation.
Class 9 Dispersion technology of fine particles in aqueous media: van der Waals force, hydration Introduction of the particle dispersion in aqueous solution.
Class 10 electron transfer at interface Summarize when electrons can transfer across the interface.
Class 11 Computational analysis on solid surface Introduction of the computer simulation for surface research.
Class 12 Surface analysis II: microscopes Introduction of the surface analysis, especially microscopic measurement.
Class 13 Surface analysis I: spectroscopy Introduction of the surface analysis, especially X-ray analysis.
Class 14 Surface treatment and design Introduction of the industrial analysis for surface treatment.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


No text book. Original materials and problem sets will be presented and handed by the instructor.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nihon Hyoumenn kagaku-kai "Hyoumennkagaku no Kiso to Ouyou" NTS press.
Iwasawa, Nakamura, Fukui, Yoshinobu "Basic Hyoumennkagaku"Kagaku Dojin press
Shouma, Yagi, Tsukada, Aono "Hyoumen Kagaku no Kiso" Maruzen press

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam. 100%. Problem sets given in the class will be useful for study.

Related courses

  • MAT.A204 : Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MAT.C204 : Kinetics of Chemical Reaction (Ceramics course)
  • MAT.C313 : Interface Chemistry
  • MAT.C411 : Advanced Course of Catalytic Chemictry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Fundamental understanding of thermodynamics, kinetics and quantum mechanics (undergraduate level)

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