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che411 - Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces (Complete module description)
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Module label Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces
Module code che411
Credit points 9.0 KP
Workload 270 h
Institute directory Department of Chemistry
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Chemistry (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Wittstock, Gunther (Module responsibility)
Al-Shamery, Katharina (Module responsibility)
Wittstock, Gunther (Authorized examiners)
Al-Shamery, Katharina (Authorized examiners)
Dosche, Carsten (Module counselling)
Brand, Izabella (Module counselling)
Al-Shamery, Katharina (Module counselling)
Wittstock, Gunther (Module counselling)
BSc in Chemie, Umweltwissenschaften oder Physik
Skills to be acquired in this module
Students familiarize themselves with complex research-related general concepts of interfacial and surface chemistry, their application in specialized experimental techniques as well as selected examples of their technical application with an emphasis on nanoscale systems.
Module contents
Master of Science
On the basis of the general knowledge from the BSc. course (chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, basics of spectroscopy), students select 3 advanced lectures from the catalogue of physical chemistry. According to the research focus on interfacial chemistry, this subject should be represented by a minimum of 2 lectures.

PhD program Interface Science
Students select 1 to 3 lectures (3 KP each) according to interest and need and attend a colloquium (30 min pass/fail) at the end of the semester. PhD students can only select lectures that have not been part of their MSc. curriculum.

These lectures are:
Lecture - Structure of Interfaces and their Characterization, WiSe, freitags 8:30-10:00 Uhr
Thermodynamics of interfaces and adsorption, surface tension, contact angle, wetting, control of wetting, excess quantities, adsorption isotherms, charges at interfaces, transport phenomena at interfaces, colloids, control of interfacial properties in technical processes, interfaces in the environment.
atomic structure of surfaces (two-dimensional lattices, relaxation, reconstruction, notation of surfaces), vibration at surfaces, electronic structure of surfaces
Experimental methods: LEED (principles of diffraction, reciprocal lattices, Brillouin zones), scanning probe techniques (real lattices, tunneling process, STM, AFM) Photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS, XPS), vibrational spectroscopy at surfaces

Lecture - Solid-gas interfaces in theory and application, SoSe, montags 12:15-13:45 Uhr
Advanced treatment of solid-gas interfaces with emphasis on low-dimensional systems
optical and electronic properties of low dimensional systems
adsorption and microkinetics at nanostructured materials
nanostructured materials in heterogeneous catalysis: modern concepts from the perspective of surface science
nanostructured materials and their application in nanooptics

Lecture - Integrated Chemical Systems, SoSe, dienstags 10:15-11:45 Uhr
Theory: concept of integrated molecular functional systems, anaolgies and differences between existing biological and technical systems
Präparation: Self-assembly processes, polymer films, conducting polymers, biomimetic systems, aspects of miniaturisation and patterning
Charackterisation: Advanced electrochemical characterisation methods, Microelectrochemistry
Semiconductor electrochemistry
Application: molecular switches, chemo and biosensors, energy storage, dye-sensitized solar cells
Reader's advisory

VL Structure of Interfaces and their Characterization (Al-Shamery, Brand)
• M. Henzler, W. Göpel, „Oberflächenphysik des Festkörpers“, Teubner.

• K. W. Kolasinski, „Surface Science“, Wiley.
• H.-D. Dörfler, „Grenzflächen und kolloiddisperse Systeme“, Springer, Berlin.

• A. W. Adamson, A.P. Gast, “Physical Chemistry of surfaces”, Wiley, Weinheim.
• J. C. Vickerman, I. S. Gilmore, „Surface analysis. The principal techniques”, Wiley, Chichester.

VL Solid-gas interfaces in theory and application (Al-Shamery)
• I. Chorkendorff, J. W. Niemantsverdriet, “Concepts of Modern Catalysis and Kinetics”, Wiley-VCH.

VL Integrated Chemical Systems (Wittstock)
• R.J. Forster, T.E. Keyes, J.G. Vos, “Interfacial Supramolecular Assemblies”
• A.J. Bard, L.R. Faulkner, “Electrochemical Methods”

 VL Modern Spectroscopy for Particle and Interface Analytics (Dosche)
• Demtröder, “Laserspektroskopie“, Springer.

• Lakowicz, “Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy”, Springer.


VL Physikalische Chemie von ungewöhnlichen Reaktionsmedien (Brand)
• J. N. Israelachvili, „Intermolecular and surface forces“, Academic Press, Amsterdam.

• S. Hyde, S. Andersson, K. Larsson, Z. Blum, T. Landh, S. Lidin, B. W. Ninham, “The language of shape. The role of curvature in condensed matter: Physics, chemistry and biology”, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 3 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method 3 Vorlesungen aus dem Vorlesungskatalog (davon 2 aus dem ständigen Angebot)

Studierende der Promotionsstudiengänge können die VL einzeln zu je (3 KP) wählen.
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
6 WiSe 84
3 42
Total time of attendance for the module 126 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit entsprechend separater Ankündigung
1 benotete Prüfungsleistung: 1 mündliche Prüfung von max. 45 Min. (100 %) Prüfung kann auf Deutsch oder Englisch abgelegt werden