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Course unit
SCO2045423, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CHIMICA (Ord. 2015)
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHEMISTRY OF SURFACES AND CATALYSIS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GAETANO GRANOZZI CHIM/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019/20 27/01/2014 30/11/2020 GRANOZZI GAETANO (Presidente)
AGNOLI STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
RIZZI GIAN-ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basics of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics
Basics of diffusion
Target skills and knowledge: Description of the superficial properties of the solid
Crystallography in two dimensions
Colloids and interfaces
Microscopic vision of the catalytic processes heterogenous
Examination methods: oral/3 questions for a total of ca. 1/2 hour)
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the preparation of the student will be based on the understanding of the topics of the course , on the acquisition of concepts and methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them in a independent and conscious manner
Course unit contents: Elements of the structure of solids.Lattices of inorganic structures of importance in the catalysis. Basic concepts of crystal chemistry. Monocrystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous solids. Basics on defectivity of solids. Introduction To Interphases. Technological importance of the surfaces. Historical notes on Surface Science. Thin layers. Interfacial energy and thermodynamics of interfaces. Dispersed solids and surface area. Colloids and dispersions. Surfactants. Ideal and real surfaces Crystallography of surfaces: direct and reciprocal lattice. Relaxation and surface reconstructions. Notations on the surface reconstructions. Methodologies for the structural study of the surfaces: Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED). Surface defects. Roughness and surface morphology. Methodologies to study the morphology of surfaces: Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and tunneling (STM). Solid-vacuum and solid-gas Interphases . Methods of production and use of vacuum in Surface Science. Elements of the kinetic theory of gases. Sticking coefficient. Calculation of the average life time of a clean surface. Chemisorption and physisorption. Interadsorbate interactions. Adsorption isotherms. Desorption. Programmed thermal desorption (TPD). Solid-solid interfases: Epitaxy. Growth mechanisms of thin layers and related elementary atomic processes. Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). Methodologies for creating nanostructures: thin films, nanodots, nanowires. Spectroscopic methods for the study of surfaces. Surface Sensitivity. Photon-atom, electron-atom and ion-atom scattering processes. Photoelectron spectroscopy. Vibrational spectroscopy (IRAS and HREELS). Reactivity of the surfaces. Mobility of adsorbed species. Kinetics of the reactions at the surface. Comparison of reactions in homogeneous and heterogeneous. Examination of some surface reactions.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom activities and visits to laboratories
Additional notes about suggested reading: Handouts and transparencies made available to students
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Granozzi, appunti di lezione. --: --, --.
  • E. M. McCash, Surface Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • K. Kolasinski, Surface Science. --: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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