Graduate School

Surface modifications with radicals

This course is part of the programme:
Physics (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

To teach about advanced methods for modification of surfaces of various materials at extreme thermo-dynamical non-equilibrium conditions. Students will gain an overview of non-equilibrium gaseous discharges suitable for generating large quantities of plasma radicals.

Prerequisites

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Content (Syllabus outline)

Methods for measuring the concentration of radicals will be taught. State of the art in the field of surface modification by radicals will be presented: hydrophilisation, hydrophobisation, functionalization with non – equilibrium functional groups, selective etching and oxidation. A well equipped laboratory is available for students’ use so they have opportunity to work experimentally with samples students prepare by themselves.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Students gain basic knowledge in the rapidly expanding field of physical techniques for synthesis of advanced materials.

Readings

  • M. A. Lieberman and A. J. Lichtenberg, Principles of plasma discharges and materila processing, Wiley Interscience (2005).
  • R. Hippler, S. Pfan, M. Schmidt and K. H. Schoenbach, Low temperature plasma physics, Fundamental aspects and application, Wiley – WCH (2001).
  • J. R. Roth, Industrial plasma engineering, Vol. 2, Applications to non-thermal plasma processing, Inst. Of Physics Publishing (2001).
  • A. Ricard, Reactive plasmas, SFV, Paris (1996).
  • A. Grill, Cold plasma in material fabrication, IEEE Press (1993).

Assessment

Individual projects from surface functionalization and a seminar. Experimental work, where student treats samples with radicals, determines surface modifications and prepares a report. The quality of report as well as the understanding of the subject is graded (50/50).

Lecturer's references

Full professor of Ecotechnology at the Jožef Stefan Institute Graduate school in Ljubljana

Bibliography

University course code: 3FIi10

Year of study: 1

Lecturer:

ECTS: 6

Workload:

  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 120 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures or individual contact hours with the lecturer responsible for the course, laboratory work under supervision of the lecturer responsible for the course