Day: April 18, 2019

Course in Surface and Interface Science

Surface ArraySurface and Interface Science CH5665/MSE5665

(3 credits)
WF 1-2 p.m., M 1-4 p.m. (lab)

Course Description – covers an advanced study of:

  • surface processes
  • properties of crystalline surfaces
  • surface analysis methods
  • applications towards materials science, heterogeneous catalysis, environmental science, semiconductor and energy industries


  • Understand the physical and chemical processes on a surface
  • Distinguish differences between surface science techniques and their respective capabilities
  • Analyze example data from surface science techniques
  • Recognize, review and interpret surface science literature
  • Design an experiment (or project) and choose a surface science technique that would solve a proposed hypothesis

For more information contact:

Dr. Kathryn A. Perrine

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Surface Analysis Using the XPS

PHI 5800 X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer
PHI 5800 X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer

Analyzing the surface of materials takes X-ray vision.

To do so, researchers peer into the surface chemistry of materials using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). At Michigan Technological University, the Applied Chemical and Morphological Analysis Laboratory (ACMAL) delves into surfaces with a PHI 5800 XPS.

Read more at Be Brief: Surface, by Allison Mills.

Timothy Leftwich, research assistant professor of materials science, helps researchers to collect, analyze, and understand their XPS data at the ACMAL facility. Kathryn Perrine, assistant professor of chemistry, helped to bring the XPS instrument to Tech and teaches students and researchers to understand surface processes. They both bring expertise in surface science and analysis of materials.