Thin Film Science (NANO*3500)
Code and section: NANO*3500*01
Term: Fall 2022
Instructor: John Dutcher
This course introduces nanoscience students to concepts that are central to the study of thin films, surfaces and interfaces. Following an introduction to liquid and solid surfaces, fundamental forces acting at interfaces and basic surface thermodynamics are discussed. This leads to a discussion of different deposition techniques, characterization techniques and instabilities that are inherent to thin films. There is a laboratory component to the course that complements the material discussed in lectures and allows the students to become proficient on a broad range of surface-sensitive equipment.
The deposition and growth of thin layers of materials is an important process on the production of many devices. This course will study the various methods by which thin films are grown including physical and chemical vapour deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer epitaxy, and self-assembled monolayers. Experimental techniques for analyzing the properties of thin films will also be discussed.
NANO*2100 Analysis of Nanomaterials
|Lecturer||John Dutcher||MacN email@example.com|
John's research focuses on developing a fundamental understanding and predictive power for the physical properties of polymers, biopolymers and bacterial cells at surfaces and in thin films. He applies a broad range of surface-sensitive experimental techniques and fundamental, physics-based strategies to develop simple models of these complex soft matter systems. For more information, visit the Dutcher Lab webpage.
Class Meeting Times
|Lectures||Monday, Wednesday, Friday||11:30 – 12:20||MACK 119A
(or via Zoom if inperson lectures not possible)
|Labs||Thursday||14:30 – 17:20||SSC 2109/2110|
H.-J. Butt, K. Graf and M. Kappl, Physics and Chemistry of Interfaces, Third Edition (Wiley-VCH, 2013)
There is a NANO*3500 CourseLink page to allow you easy access to courserelated material.
- liquid versus solid surfaces
- surface tension
- wetting of surfaces
- contact angle
- surface and interfacial forces
- van der Waals forces
- electrical double layer
- adsorption onto surfaces
- surface thermodynamics
- surface isotherms
- deposition techniques
- vacuum deposition
- chemical vapour deposition
- Langmuir-Blodgett deposition
- thin film instabilities
- thin film characterization techniques
- other topics
Course Learning Objectives
This course will use a multidisciplinary approach to present new concepts and build on concepts covered in previous physics, chemistry and nanoscience courses. The
objectives of this course are:
- Introduce physical concepts and mathematical tools used to describe surfaces, interfaces and thin films
• Develop an intuition for surface and thin film physical principles through plotting of functions
- Relate the mathematical results to practical applications and experiments
• Develop an appreciation of the mathematical basis for experimental techniques for deposition and analysis of thin films
- Understand physical phenomena that can be exploited for the deposition of thin films
• Demonstrate knowledge of different thin film deposition strategies
- Develop proficiency for experimental techniques used to deposit and characterize thin films
• Demonstrate laboratory and data analysis skills
- Expand scientific writing skills to develop effective communication
• Develop ability to analyze and synthesize implications of key results of published scientific studies
|Report on Research Paper||10%|
|Midterm Test (Oct 26, 19:00-21:00)||20%|
|Final Examination (Dec 8, 19:00-21:00)||30%|
|Laboratory Performance and Reports||25%|
The problem assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, marks will be deducted for lateness (10% per day). Marks will also be deducted for errors in English grammar and spelling in all work submitted for grading. Students must obtain a final grade of 50% to pass the course.
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