The Course

Surfaces and interfaces define a boundary between a material and its surrounding environment and influence interactions with that environment. At the molecular level, the surface atoms have a different chemical environment, that is, fewer nearest neighbors, from that in the bulk. As a consequence, these surface atoms with changed atomic and electronic structures exhibit high chemical reactivity. This property makes surfaces and interfaces a favored medium for chemical and biological processes in nature and in technological applications.
Activated carbon ( SEM image)

Modern surface chemistry is about molecular-level understanding and the control of surface chemical reactions. Over the past decades, various surface science techniques have been developed and a vast amount of knowledge about surface chemistry has been accumulated. The fundamental knowledge that is accumulated provides a foundation for the development of many industrial technologies that produce items including chemicals and fuels, semiconductor devices and biomedical devices. Technological advances, in turn, necessitate the further development of new surface characterization techniques with higher spatial, temporal, and energy resolution.

Adsorbed organic molecule onto TiO2

Course details

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH)
School: School of Science
Department: Department of Chemistry
Course title:  Surface Chemistry
Course code: SCH6023
Language: English
Location: FSCH
Period: Academic year 2015-2016
Lecturer:Mr. Shameran Jamal Salih
Support: Office Hours by appointment

Entry level skills

The student must be able to read various provided sources in English and write short essays and participate in class discussions.