The programme of the course will focus on the basic aspects related to the definition, characterization and optimization of the molecule-surface interface and their applications.
Listed below are the main topics that will be treated:
Organic molecules on surfaces: an introduction.
Surfaces, adsorbates and interfaces: methods of preparation and study of their morphology and structure.
Techniques for the analysis, characterization and optimization of the molecule-surface interface (electronic and vibrational spectroscopy, local scanning probe microscopy).
Surface chemistry: polymers in one- and two-dimensions.
Chirality in two-dimensions induced by the absorption of molecules.
The aim of the course "Organic molecules on surfaces" is to introduce the student to nanotechnologies based on the use of organic molecules on surfaces. The organic molecules on surfaces play a particular importance in molecular electronic devices, in sensors, in enantioselective catalysis, in corrosion and in mineral extraction.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
The lessons focus on the realization of molecular systems on surfaces and their study by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Some applications of molecular systems are studied. The course aims to provide the student with the basic tools needed to understand the macroscopic and microscopic properties of molecular structures. Interdisciplinary knowledge between physics, chemistry and engineering of molecular materials will be provided.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
The student should be able to know the basic properties of molecular structures, identify which information can be obtained from the different spectroscopic techniques that can be used for their study. The student will be able to study texts in English regarding topics related to molecular structures on surfaces and the main analysis techniques.
It is required that the student gains knowledge about the properties of molecular structures in a critical manner. In particular, in order to assess which features are most appropriate for the use of molecular structures in materials science.
Special attention is paid during the course to the student's communication skills on topics concerning molecular structures, through presentations given by the student of about three-five minutes.
The student will be stimulated to the use of books and scientific articles written in English for the study of molecular structures with particular attention to topics at the state of the art.