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Characterization Introduction to Microscopic and Spectorscopic Methhods -
Yang Leng Wiley 2008
Encyclopedia of Materials Characterization - Evans, Brundle, Wilson 1992
focus on the following five experimental modules:
Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
and related techniques;
B. X-ray diffraction;
Optical spectroscopy, including UV/Vis, PL, Raman,
FTIR with ATR;
D. Electron spectroscopy;
Atomic force microscopy.
All modules will
include the following topics:
1. Background and history
Basic principle of the technique (and any sister
techniques) and basic equations
information provided by the technique
Special features of the technique, including the
concepts of surface sensitivity, probe volume, energy resolution, spatial
resolution, depth resolution, depth of focus, chemical content and
composition, and other.
5. Description of basic instrumentation
The basic procedure to acquire data, checklists
for machine startup and shutdown,
and what not to do with the machine.
7. Interpretation of the collected data (spectra
and what do fundamental information that they carry.
Data artifacts and other things to watch
Experiments - Hands on training will
be provided by our WATLab experts:
Module A - Microscopy - Dr. Nina Heinig
Module B - X-ray Diffraction - Dr. Anisur Rahman
Module C - Optical Spectroscopy - Dr.
Module D - Electron Spectroscopy - Dr. Jung Soo Kang
Module E - Atomic Force Microscopy - Dr. Lei Zhang
All the training lectures (in pdf
format) are available at LEARN and/or by email.
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google calendar with id firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve time.
Lab report format
- Five pages maximum (single
line spacing, 12 pt font size, time-roman font, 1 inch border all around,
page number and header can be outside border). The report should have
five sections: Introduction, Objective/Scope, Data and Data Analysis,
Discussion, Conclusion. If there are too many graphs and tables, they
can be placed in an appendix (Supporting Information) of two additional
pages and should be numbered/referenced appropriately. Lab reports are
due two weeks after completion of the experiment modules, and all five
reports must be received in my office before noon on June 28.
Lab report DUE dates -
Reports should be printed nicely and
handed in to my office before noon on the following due dates. No need for soft
Module A - June 14 (Wednesday) noon
Module B - June 21 (Wednesday) noon
Module C, D, E - Two weeks after Reports A & B were returned - The first
two reports have been marked and I'll enter the grades in the weekend.
They can be picked up outside my office by Monday noon. As such, we
will set the deadline for all three remaining reports to July 24.
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