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Earth Sciences at the University of Fribourg

Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences


Details of Courses

COURSE TITLE: Mineral Surface Characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
LECTURERS: Prof. S. Churakov
CATEGORY: Analytical Methods and Modelling
ECTS Credits:1.5
PREREQUISITES: Crystallography I + II in BSc course
FORMAT:1 Lecture day and 2 lab practice days (maximum 3 students)
FREQUENCY:biennially in spring semester, held in odd years
CONTENTS:Theoretical and practical introduction to the Atomic Force Microscopy. Acquisition of surface topography in contact and noncontact mode. In situ observation of mineral dissolution kinetics at atomic scale. Basic theory of AFM (contact and dynamic mode). Sample preparation, instrument functionality, imaging and interpretation of result obtained in different scanning modes
ASSESSMENT:oral exam

(prer): Courses with prerequisites.

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